Sergeant Joseph Van de Craen served in the Belgian Army during World War Two. He was a member of No. 2 Company, 2nd Belgian Infantry Battalion, 2nd Belgian (YSER) Brigade.
2nd Belgian Brigade shipped to Northern Ireland for training from 23rd January 1945 until 4th February 1945.
Antrim was home to 2nd Infantry Battalion and the RASC Company as well as a REME Workshop. The brigade underwent rigorous training in Northern Ireland.
Van de Craen in World War Two
Sergeant Van de Craen died at Massereene Hospital, Antrim, Co. Antrim on 16th March 1945 aged 24 years old. A funeral and burial took place at Belfast City Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Antrim on 20th March 1945. His grave was in Glenalina Extension, Section CS, Grave 94.
On 8th October 1949, authorities exhumed the body of Joseph Van de Craen and repatriation to Belgium took place.