Plaque: Underground refuge house
Ixelles Local History Society
This house, refuge for members of the underground, created by the married couple Andries-Lasson, sheltered Marcel Demonceau, 3 of his agents (Service Hotton As) and 3 RAF pilots.
30 June 1943 at dawn, 200 police and German soldiers attacked the refuge and the area. The members of the resistance fiercely defended themselves for 3 hours.
Marcel Demonceau broke through the blockade and was captured after a hunt lasting 12 days. The others surrendered when they ran out of ammunition.
Tortured and executed at Breendonck:
Died in Nazi camps:
Edmonde Lasson, wife of Andries
Survived Nazi camps:
As you pass, remind yourself: they suffered and died so that you can live free.
Cultural Presence and Action
CERCLE D’HISTOIRE LOCALE D’IXELLES
« CETTE MAISON, REFUGE POUR CLANDESTINS
CREE PAR LES EPOUX ANDRIES-LASSON, ABRITAIT
MARCEL DEMONCEAU, 3 DE SES AGENTS (SERVICE HOTTON AS)
ET 3 AVIATEURS DE LA RAF.
LE 30 JUIN 1943 A L’AUBE, 200 POLICIERS ET
SOLDATS ALLEMANDS ASSAILLIRENT LE REFUGE ET LE QUARTIER.
LES RESISTANTS SE DEFENDIRENT AVEC
ACHARNEMENT PENDANT 3 HEURES.
MARCEL DEMONCEAU ROMPIT LE BLOCUS ET FUT
CAPTURE APRES UNE TRAQUE DE 12 JOURS.
LES AUTRES SE RENDIRENT APRES
EPUISEMENT DE LEURS MUNITIONS.
FURENT TORTURES ET EXECUTES A BREENDONCK :
MOURUT DANS LES BAGNES NAZIS :
EDMONDE LASSON, EPOUSE ANDRIES
RECHAPPA DES BAGNES NAZIS :
PASSANT, SOUVIENS-TOI : ILS SOUFFRIRENT
ET MOURURENT POUR QUE TU VIVES LIBRE. »
PRESENCE ET ACTION CULTURELLES
There were a total of 9 in the house but only 6 are accounted for. Are the missing 3 the RAF pilots who possibly survived as prisoners of war?
John Clinch writes: "My research shows that they were Flying Officer B. Cooper, Flight Sergeant E. Roede and Warrant Officer J.P. Egan. After the gunfight they were taken to St. Gilles Prison where they stayed for 15 days. They were then sent to a POW camp in Germany.
Earlier in the war the family who lived there had sheltered Welsh soldier Alfred Jones, but they were all arrested in 1941. See my website ." This is an excellent site on WW2 British prisoners of war in Belgium.
Site: Underground refuge house (1 memorial)
1050, rue Jean Van Volsem, 40