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Jean De Mot

Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Brussels, Belgium

General information

Last known residence:
Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe, Brabant, Belgium

Army information

Belgian Army
Service number:

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Military hospital L'Océan, De Panne, Belgium
Cause of death:
Died of wounds (D.O.W.)


Belgische Militaire Begraafplaats De Panne
Plot: Unknown
Row: Unknown
Grave: F-258

Points of interest 4

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

My story

Jean Charles Paul Emile De Mot, a former conservator, was born on 26 augustus 1876 in Brussels, Belgium. He was the son of Émile and Pauline Orts. His father was the mayor Brussels between 1899 and 1909. Jean studied at the Université libre de Bruxelles and obtained a doctorate in classical philology. He married and had one daughter. From 1900 he worked at the Royal Museums of the Cinquantenaire, later becoming conservator of the museum. Jean De Mot enlisted as a volunteer at the outbreak of war in 1914. He served as a sub-lieutenant in the 3rd Section Balloonists, part of the Administrative group of the army troops. Sub-lieutenant De Mot was tasked with observing troop movements for directing artillery.

Sub-lieutenant De Mot took part in the Fifth Battle of Ypres. He was stationed near the ruins of Passchendaele after it’s capture on 28 September 1918. On 5 October 1918 a shell burst in front of shelter where De Mot and his superior officer, Captain-Commander Serge Martin, were seeking refuge.

Jean De Mot, aged 42, is presumed to have died of wounds on October 6, 1918 (although October 5 is often mentioned). The most likely scenario is that he died while being transported from Passchendaele to the Belgian Military Hospital L’Océan in De Panne. Sub-lieutenant De Mot was buried in the Belgian Military Cemetery of De Panne, grave F-258. A memorial plaque on the wall of the Cinquantenaire Museum in Brussels commemorates his life and death.

Sources 3

"Belgische Militaire Begraafplaats De Panne", Hangar Flying
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"De Mot, Jean (1876-1918)", Bestor
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Wikimedia Commons, Jean de Mot memorial - Cinquantenaire Museum - Brussels, Belgium.
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