Peters “nun” Maria Clothilda, Lies Elisabeth

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Peters “nun” Maria Clothilda, Lies Elisabeth, born 01-03-1900 in Sterckrade Germany, from the young couple Harry Peters and Koos Suppers both born in Veldhoven moved to Sterkrade, Germany, as Harry couldn’t find work in Holland anymore. The Peters couple got their daughter Lies Elisabeth on 01-03-1900 and my wife’s father Theodore Anton Peters on 15-12-1908, they were two of ten children. Shortly before the outbreak of the first war and afraid of what was coming in Hitler’s Germany, the couple moved back to Holland and took seat again in Veldhoven, where the rest of the large family lived. Lies, born 01-03-1900, my wife’s aunt, Lies Peters, became a nun in the nunnery of Veghel, 

   like her younger sister Anna Peters ” nun Marie Justiniana”, here with my wife Mieke and her brother Paul, visiting the nunnery, died old age 94 on 17-01-1996.

    and Lies got the nun’s name “Maria Clotilda”. World War II broke out and she lived quiet with more as 100 other nuns in the nunnery until the liberation battles on September 19th 1944. The South of Holland was liberated during Operation Market Garden, as the 101st Airborne’s under General Maxwell Davenport Taylor  and Veghel, specific by the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment Unit

 of then Colonel Harry Kinnard  a 29-year-old assistant Chief of Staff to General Anthony McAuliffe   Commander of the 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagle” Division.  The 101 Airborne Division had the next losses during their campaign in Europe; In Normandy, killed/died of wounds 868, wounded in action 2.303, missing/captured 665. In Holland killed 752, wounded 2.151 and missing 398. In the battle of the Bulge in Belgium, killed 482, wounded 2.449 and missing 527, in total killed 2.043, wounded 2.782 and missed 1590. 

  

The famous father Francis Leon Sampson, he brought Frederick “Fritz” Niland “Private Ryan” back home, was driving on his motorbike around in this area.

Death and burial ground of Peters “nun” Maria Clothilda, Lies Elisabeth.

The nuns were very happy and invited the 101st warriors in the nunnery, for good food and drinks and of course for remembrance pictures, Lies joined them of course. On September 23rd the German launched a counter attack on Veghel  with many grenades and the nuns and some soldiers hided in the basement of the nunnery for shelter. Aunt Maria had a phobia for small spaces and sat down, with two other nuns, close behind the door of the basement, which was to reach with a small stairs, ten steps, see picture. One of the grenades bounced down the steps and exploded in front of the basement door, the splinters came through the door and killed three nuns immediately.  Lies sister survived but Nun Maria Clotilda, at the age of 44, was killed and is buried on the cemetery of the nunnery. My wife is number thirteen of fourteen children of Theo Habraken, called after his father and Anne Peters-Habraken.

 

Cemetery and grave location of Peters “nun” Maria Clothilda, Lies Elisabeth.

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