Belgian boy who had tried to escape to the Netherlands.
The Germans in occupied Belgium had erected an electric fence on the border between Belgium and the (neutral) Netherlands. They put 2,000 Volts on it, to prevent bordercrossing.
Nevertheless numerous refugees tried to get through. Almost daily one of more of them got electrocuted.
Many of the young Belgians who died here, came from in the occupied part of the country and were on their way to the free Belgian army. Because crossing the frontline through No Man's Land was not possible, they had to take a long detour, via the Netherlands (Holland). From there they could take a ship to England and then board another ship to France, from where they could travel back to free Belgium where their army continued fighting the Germans.
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