Enclos des FusillÚs


From the centre of Brussels take the Metro to Montgomery Station and then change onto a 90, 23 or 24 tram. Get off at the Diamant stop and you find yourself in a tangle of major highways and railway tracks. Look for the big RTB/BRT Buildings (the Belgian Television service) not far from the tram stop.
Running alongside the righthand side of the television centre compound is the Rue Colonel Bourg. Walk along this road and on the left you will see direction signs to the saddest place in all of Brussels the Enclos des FusillÚs. This was the place of execution of some of the bravest resistance heroes.
Here on October 12th 1915 British nurse Edith Cavell and Philippe Baucq were shot by firing squad at the Tir National (the national rifle range) that used to stand here. They had been found guilty of helping British soldiers hiding in Brussels. In the Second World War many more were executed including on the 20th October 1943 Comete Line members:-

Gaston BIDOUL
Emile DELBRUYERE
Jean INGELS
Albert MARCHAL
Georges MARECHAL
Eric de MENTEN de HORNES
Ghislain NEYBERGH
Antoine RENAUD
Robert ROBERT-JONES
Edward VERPRAET

There is a stone cross or star of David for each person executed here in both wars.
Former Comete Line members and their families and surviving veteran evaders still meet each year in Brussels at the nearest weekend to the 20th October in memory of those shot on this day. In 1963 the rifle range and the Prince Baudouin Barracks which used to stand here were demolished to make way for the television centre.


They shall not grow old as we who are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.


   


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