Maurage - Tombs of prisoners of war and partisans dead in Belgium during World War II
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At the municipal cemetery of the settlement Maurage (address – rue de la Houblonnière, 2), 8 km to the West of La Louvière, Hainaut province, there are three graves of Soviet prisoners of war.
Two unmarked graves are united by a common concrete gravestone of complex shape, which reads in French: “To Soviet citizens who died in Belgian territory in the struggle against fascism in 1941–1945” (Aux citoyens soviétiques morts sur le territoire belge dans la lutte contre le fascisme 1941–1945). At the upper part of the gravestone, there is a five-pointed star. The graves themselves are individual, surrounded by a concrete border, covered with small gray gravel. Three bunches of artificial flowers are located along the perimeter. Between the graves there is a concrete path to the gravestone.
The third grave is located in close proximity to the other two, consists of two concrete slabs (horizontal and vertical). The name “Sachartchenko Alex” is engraved on the gravestone.
At the end of 2011, the Russian Embassy in Belgium carried out a full range of repair and restoration works at the burial site. In April 2012, as part of the campaign “We return names”, nameplates indicating personal data of the buried were fixed on the graves.
List of the buried
According to the available archival data, the following persons are buried in Maurage:
Last and first name
Place and date of birth
Date of death
Annual memorial ceremonies
We would like to draw your attention to the fact that spelling of the names, surnames and places of birth of Soviet citizens buried in Belgium may be distorted due to the fact that they are quite often written only in Flemish and French in registration books and on monuments.
We thank the Brussels-Belgian Archdiocese of the Russian Orthodox Church, the organizations of Russian compatriots and Russian foreign institutions accredited in Belgium for providing photos and their efforts to preserve the memory of the heroism of the Soviet soldiers who fell in the Great Patriotic War.
The Embassy will be grateful for providing any information and photos of Soviet military graves of the Second World War in Belgium and the ceremonies held on them. Please send material to the email address of the Embassy firstname.lastname@example.org with the note «War Graves».