René Sebastien Jules Piraux

Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Marbaix-la-Tour, Hainaut, Belgium

General information

Last known residence:
18 Rue Amérique, Ham-sur-Heure, Hainaut, Belgium
Roman Catholic

Army information

Belgian Army
Private Second Class
Service number:
Enlistment date:
 —  3/II/5de Linieregiment - 3/II/5ème Régiment de Ligne  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Ehrenfriedhof Nr. 102 Broodseinde, Zonnebeke, Belgium
Cause of death:
Died of wounds (D.O.W.)

Cemetery or memorial

There is no known cemetery or memorial for this soldier.

Points of interest 3

#1 Place of birth
#2 Last known residence
#3 Place of death (approximate)

My story

René Sebastien Jules Piraux, a factory worker from Ham-sur-Heure, Hainaut, was killed on 18 October 1918 near Zonnebeke. René left behind a wife, Zéna Finet, and a son, Maurice.

At the outbreak of war, René was mobilised and assigned to the 2nd battalion of the 5th Line Regiment. René was wounded on 29 October 1914 and evacuated to Trouville, Normandy. He was hospitalised a second time in December 1915. René rejoined his unit in the summer of 1916. He was assigned as a sniper to the regiment’s scouts.

The 5th Line Regiment takes part in the second phase of the liberation offensive in October 1918. During the first phase it holds the line at the Yser. In the early hours of 18 October 1918, the 5th Line Regiment moves through Oostrozebeke. The 2nd Battalion takes the village centre. On the march towards Wielsbeke it gets into trouble. The French 164th division d'infanterie on the left flank is held up by heavy German resistance. To protect its flank, the 5th Line Regiment turns east and launches an attack between the Kalberg and the Lys. However, the attack is quickly checked.

Private Second Class René Piraux, is wounded. The 29-year-old succumbs to his wounds in a field hospital near the German military cemetery at Broodseinde, Zonnebeke. René is buried nearby. When the cemetery was cleared in early 1922, there was no trace of René's grave.

Sources 1

Marcel Weemaes, Van de IJzer tot Brussel: Het Bevrijdingsoffensief van het Belgische Leger 28 september 1918 (Marcinelle, Maison d'Edition, 1972), 272.
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