Marcel Terfve is the name of the last Belgian soldier to die in the Great War. He was shot by a German sniper at 10:45AM. Marcel was about to celebrate his 25th birthday when fate intervened. He died on the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal at Kluizen outside Ghent.
He had enlisted in August 1914 and trained to become an officer. Despite this training, he preferred to remain an NCO and stay with his pals. On 11 November like all his friends Marcel is counting down to 11 o'clock. Everybody knows that the guns will fall silent at 11AM.
Accounts relate how many soldiers were already cheering on the left bank of the canal with the Germans on the right bank. Marcel is one of their number and is shot dead.
Marcel Terfve hailed from the Liège area like Antoine Fonck, the first Belgian soldier to die in this conflict on 4 August 1914.