Edouard Nihoul


Adjutant; 7eme Regiment de Ligne, Belgian Army

Killed in action: 30th June 1916, Flanders

Edouard Nihoul was born in Waremme in eastern Belgium in 1895. His father, Edouard Jacques, was professor of chemistry at Liege University. The family fled to Britain in August 1914 in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, settling in Llanishen and living in Kilkenny on Fidlas Road.

Young Edouard clearly was not content to sit and wait for his country to be liberated and in November 1914 he went to London to enlist in the Belgian Army, aged 19. He was sent to a training camp in Fecamp, France before going to the front with the 7th Regiment of Line, 2nd Infantry Division.

Edouard served with this unit principally in Flanders, covering the area between Ypres and the Belgian coast. In June 1916 he was an adjutant in his regiment, stationed in the line near the town of Oostvleteren. During a heavy German artillery bombardment one of his comrades was wounded and he went to rescue him. As he was dragging his friend back to the aid station, they were both caught in another barrage and killed instantly. He was just 21.

Initially, Edouard’s remains were interred in a military cemetery in Oostvleteren but when his parents returned home after the war in 1919, they reinterred his remains in his home town of Waremme. They also ensured that he was commemorated on the memorials in St Isan’s Church.