Yvonne Vieslet was 10 years old when she was shot dead by German soldiers at Marchienne-au-Pont on 12 October 1918. A group of about 20 French soldiers, shabby and starving, were trapped in the garden of the Cercle-Saint Edouard. Yvonne, along with her mother and sister, was on her way to see her father when she decided to give her school cake to a prisoner. Arriving at the fence, Yvonne approached closer but was pushed away by the German soldiers. She then threw the cake through the bars from a distance and was shot by the guard. She died the next day. The incident caused a stir and a monument was erected both in Marchienne-au-Pont and in the playground of Yvonne's school in Monceau-sur-Sambre. The medal was sold with the aim of raising funds to build a "Maison Yvonne Vieslet" that would be a women's centre for French culture and Franco-Belgian friendship.
|Title||Commemorative Medal Portraying Yvonne Vieslet|
|Signatures, inscriptions, and markings||name and year on the front side: I 9 0 8 - YVONNE VIESLET - I 9 I 8|
|signatures (names) at the front, lower right: JLorrain|
|text below: P A X|
|text below: MAIYSON DU SOL PATRIAL PAR LE SANG DES HEROS FECONDE LES MOISSONS FUTURENS JAILLIRONT|
|Object type||portrait medal|
|Art & Architecture Thesaurus||300189808 figures (representations) AAT|
girl (child between toddler and youth)
31D130 Maidenhood Iconclass
45D313 private soldier Iconclass
45I1 prisoner of war (after the battle) Iconclass
61I(WORLD WAR I) names of historical events and situations (WORLD WAR I) Iconclass
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