Private Leon Maton served in 1st Battalion, 2nd (Yser) Infantry Brigade of the Belgian Army during the Second World War. This Belgian Brigade arrived in Northern Ireland for training from 23rd January 1945 until 4th February 1945.
Private Maton died of meningitis on 9th March 1945 aged 23 years old. He received treatment at Campbell College Military Hospital, Belfast. At his time of death in Northern Ireland, his home address was 43 Rue De La Croix De Pierre, St. Gilles, Brussels, Belgium.
A funeral service took place on 13th March 1945. Members of both Belgian and British forces attended the ceremony conducted by chaplains from both armies.
Leon Maton’s grave was in Glenalina Extension, Section CS, Grave 93 of Belfast City Cemetery, Belfast. He lay next to his fellow Belgian Infantryman Sergeant Joesph van de Craen. On 8th October 1949, Belgian authorities repatriated Maton’s body to a cemetery in Belgium.