23 April 1916 : Charles Fernand Sylvain van Eleghem

Charles van Eleghem was born in Molenbeek – St.Jean, Brussels on 1 November 1885

Location of Molenbeek – St.Jean, Brussels (cc OpenStreetMap)

Charles was living in Brussels when he began his military service in 1905.

Postcard illustrating the Battle of Haelen in 1914

By 1914, Charles was serving as an officer of the reserve when he was mobilised into service on 1st August 1914 and possibly saw some action during the Battle of Halen.

In January 1915 , Charles was serving on the Yser Front with the 2nd company of the newly formed 2e bataillon de carabiniers-cyclistes and would remain on this front throughout the year and into the next.

The cavalry in Grand Fort Phillippe © Raimond Spekking / CC BY-SA 4.0 (via Wikimedia Commons)

On 23 April 1916, whilst located at Grand Fort Phillippe, Pas-de-Calais, a much troubled Charles committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with his own revolver.

His grave location is unrecorded.

15385 Luit. Charles Fernand Sylvain van Eleghem, 2e bataillon de carabiniers-cyclistes

23 April 1916 killed himself.


'Remember: On this Day' is researched by David O'Mara.



Geschiedenis der Regimenten: Zwarte Duivels (Karabiniers-Wielrijders)


Belgian War Dead Register : ( http://www.wardeadregister.be/de/belgian-war-dead-datenbank )

Belgian War Graves (CD-ROM) : Patrick de Wolf