- Edouard Gerard was born on 17 February 1924
in Dinant. He served with the 3rd Section, 5th Platoon. On 16 August 1944 he died in the Rue André Pierre Marie in
Sallenelles, France. He was killed during a German mortar attack. An
exploding mortar bomb caused severe wounds to his back and spine. He was
the first member of the Brigade Piron that died during battle.
- On the website
aide-de-camp of Colonel Piron, Captain Houbion, is quoted. He said (freely
translated from French): 'In January 1942 a young boy arrived at our
camp in Spain. He introduced himself and told me he came from Dinant and
his name was Edouard Gerard. Soon after I arrived in England I heard
Gerard also arrived in London. He told me he wanted to join the Royal
Air Force. He was told however to join the Army and he was very
disappointed by that.
- On 14 August, at about 11 hrs, I went to
Sallenelles with Colonel Piron. Gerards platoon were preparing for an
attack on German positions at the Moulin du Buisson, between Sallenelles
and Franceville. Gerard was proud and happy to join the attack. He was
given the task to stay in a ditch, a few metres in front of a house, to
cover his platoon when they came back from the attack. A German mortar
bomb exploded against the house and shrapnel hit Gerard in his back. He
died without a word.'