greatspywar, on 01 December 2005 - 08:12 PM, said:
I have just transferred/translated some biographical details on some of the men discussed here.
If you have questions, just ask.
Date of birth: 14/06/1852
Place of birth: Sat.-Josse-ten-Noode
Mother tongue: French
Address: Elsene, rue de la Culture 183
Age (at the time of death): 65
Date of death: 11 May 1917
Place of death: Charleroi
Postwar funeral: exhumed at Mons 12/7/1919, reburied 13/7/1919 at Elsene
Network: British GHQ: Service Doutreligne, Service Merjay
Function in network: head of the service, recruited several agents/soldiers, courier, transmission of documents
Date of Arrest: 11/01/1917
Place: at home
By: German Police
How: traited by CC & DK
Imprisoned: Barracks of Charleroi
Date of conviction: 13/4/1917
Place of conviction: N/A
By: Field Court Martial
German reason: espionage, being head of service
Laywer: Louis Braffort (influential Belgian lawyer)
A bit of information first:
FRANCOIS MERJAY after 1919 press communiqué was inhumed at Charleroi on the spot were he was shot - unmarked graves - he and others executed at teh same place were exhumed after the germans left - identified and reburried with military honours.
Francois (Franz) Mergay was shot on May 11 1917 - on the same date were shot at the same spot my Grandfather August Jan Hofman and another Belgian A. Vanhecke.
First question you mention date of conviction for Merjay 13 4 1917, are you sure about the date - it was in German habits to execute very soon after conviction - after family information my Grandfather learned only at the last moment of the death sentence
Second Question do you have any information about the members of the Mergay Network - I presume my Grandfather was one of them - we have very litte information aubout his activities - unless he was refusing to name any of his contacts. There is a letter of the British Military Intelligence Commision dated 12 8 1919 adressed to my grandmother about the urgency of some paperwork to be acomplished - transmittal of some form - .
1May 111.5. 1917