Martinus Wilms <i>(Tinus)</i>
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Martinus Wilms (Tinus)

 10-10-1916 Grashoek      24-10-1944 Grashoek (28)
- Helden - People in hiding - …

    Tinus Wilms had to hide (above the peat in the barn of his parents’ farm at Grashoek in Helden-Beringe) when the staff of the first battalion of the paratrooper regiment under Major Ulrich Matthaeas settled there. The major became "pushy" toward his sister Nellie, but she stabbed him in the hand with a sharp object in defense. The widow Wilms and her children were then driven from the house, with the exception of Tinus, who remained alone in the barn and was discovered in the evening. [1]
    Cammaert wrote about Helden: At the end of October the Germans committed a final outrage. Six soldiers shot M. Wilms in Helden-Beringe. The young man had previously had to dig his own grave, after which he had been blindfolded and his hands tied behind his back. A few weeks later, on November 18, Helden was liberated. [2]
    Matthaeas and his paratroopers retreated back to Roermond on the east bank of the Meuse River, where he became front line section commander and began a veritable reign of terror. For more details, see "The Tears of Roermond." [3]
    More about Tinus and the photo on the right can be found on the website of the Heemkundevereniging Helden. [4]


    1. Wilms, Martinus
    2. Dr. F. Cammaert, Het Verborgen Front – Geschiedenis van de georganiseerde illegaliteit in de provincie Limburg tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog. Doctorale scriptie 1994, Groningen
      VI. De Landelijke Organisatie voor hulp aan onderduikers • VIII-IX, p.603
    3. Roermond 12-1944