Body of a veteran from Dalhem found in Dixmude construction work
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    Body of a veteran from Dalhem found in Dixmude construction work

    The remains of four soldiers were found following work on gas pipes in Dixmuide, among which was that of Joseph Dethier, the Dalheim Municipality announced. One of the town’s streets is named after him.

    “In 1914, Belgium was invaded and forced to retreat before the enemy. Thus began the Yser Battle on 16 October. Stationed along a 38-kilometer-wide front, the army posed a fierce resistance. It is at Dixmuide that Joseph Dethier, soldier of the 4th Transportation Corps (12th of Ligne) died on 24 October. He would have been 26 years old,” explains the Dalhem Municipality in a communication.

    Joseph Dethier was born in Villers l’Evêque on 4 November 1888. Single, he lived in Dalhem at his uncle’s, the Doctor Dethier, on Mortroux St., since renamed Joseph Dethier St. This First World War hero will be buried on 1 July in the military cemetery of La Panne, adds the Municipality.

    Sarah Johansson
    The Brussels Times