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Monument à Léon Trulin

Statue (LILLE)

The young man immortalized in the statue which stands near Lille Opera is the 'glorious teenager' Léon Trulin who was eighteen years old when he started spying for the British. In June 1915 the young Trulin gathered around him a band of teenage friends for the purpose of collecting information on the German occupier in Belgium and Northern France. Arrested near Antwerp, Trulin was executed in the ditch around Lille Citadel a few months later on 8 November.