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Catalog Number 2001.63.2
Object Name Certificate
Accession number 2001.63
Description Citation, medal. Belgian. For the Croix des Deportes. Text in French (Walloon) and Flemish. Presented to Pierre Deknop of Anderlacht on November 27, 1923. Certificate has color image of young bou and father hugging goodbye, while a German soldier, wearing a busby with a death's head badge, looks on. Image is framed by pattern of white on gold oak leaves and royal emblem. Artist/printer "Aime-Stevens". 30 x 44 cm

The Deportees' Cross 1914–1918 (French: Croix des Déportés 1914–1918) (Dutch: Weggevoerdenkruis 1914–1918) was a Belgian war medal established on 27 November 1922 by royal decree and awarded to Belgian citizens deported to Germany for forced labour during the First World War.

The Deportees' Cross 1914–1918 is a 38mm wide bronze cross pattée with identical obverse and reverse. The horizontal arms bear the relief inscription "1914" on the right arm and "1918" on the left arm.

The cross is suspended by a ring through a suspension loop from a 37mm wide dark red silk moiré ribbon adorned with 3mm chevrons in the national colours of Belgium.

Deportees who died during their deportation were not awarded this cross, instead, they received the Order of Leopold II with the ribbon bearing a central longitudinal gold stripe.
Date November 27, 1923
Year Range from 1923
Year Range to 1923
People Deknop, Pierre
Subjects World War I
Belgian
Deportations
Forced labor