Tombstone Tuesday: Frans van Dyk
The grave of Frans van Dyk (or Dijk). A war grave: Van Dyk played a role in the resistance movement and was executed during the second world war.
On the top of the stone we see the years '40-'45. This refers to the war years: 1940-1945. Yes, I know the war started in 1939, but for us Dutch the war started on 10 May 1940, when German troops crossed the Dutch border.
The text on the tomb stone:
|Hier rust onze commandant||Here rests our commander|
|Frans van Dyk||Frans van Dyk|
|Geboren 10 december 1904||Born 10 December 1904|
|Gefusilleerd te Utrecht 8 maart 1945||Executed by firing squad 8 March 1945|
|De verzetsgroep en N.B.S. afd. Doorn||The resistance group and N.B.S. [Dutch resistance movement] Doorn charter|
On the site of the Dutch war grave foundation I saw that Van Dyk's full name was Frans Nicolaas van Dijk. His birth and death dates are as listed on the stone.
Photo by the author. Old Cemetery, Doorn, prov. Utrecht.