Former subdistrictleader of Simpelveld. Cammaert: After the betrayal of Wittem [1.1], J.H. Coenen from Simpelveld and his comrade W.J. Francotte from Vaals, who had worked for the illegal magazine Je Maintiendrai in Amsterdam until the summer of 1944, joined the KP. They participated in the raid on the jail of Maastricht on September 2. 
During this raid on September 2, 1944, 80 political prisoners were liberated. [1.2]
They went into hiding in the Diver’s Inn in Geulhem “where suspects and difficult people in hiding were detained and interrogated. … They were arrested by the Germans on September 5th, 1944 (Mad Tuesday) during a resistance action. By order of Major Bernhardt, they were shot on the Cauberg (Valkenburg). There is a memorial stone and the monument for the fallen resistance people of Limburg on that spot.See photo.
A short biography, based largely on Cammaert’s book, can be found at simpelveld.nl 
He is buried in Simpelveld. 
He is listed in the “Erelijst 1940-1945” (Honor Roll of the Dutch Parliament).