working in a "renseignement" organization, Mr Roiseux began in
October 1943 to work in evasion. He lodged two Allied evaders and then
guided convoys of evaders from Brussels to the French frontier. During
that period he got a lot of help from his wife Catherine Ryckaert. Her
task was to receive the airmen and shelter them in her house for varying
periods of time.
January 1944 he was called to a rendez-vous only to discover, when the
door was opened, that the Gestapo had set a trap there. By his coolness
and swift thinking he persuaded the Germans that he had come to repair
the plumbing and by this ruse was able to get away and warn other
members of the organization.
in 1944 he was sent to set up one of the camps in the Ardennes where
evaders were to be concentrated to await the liberation. He established
his camp at Porcheresse (la baraque de chasse de Daverdisse) and there
he cared for 23 Allied evaders. 13 Of them stayed until the arrival of
the Allied troops. He did all the work of organizing the provisions,
welfare and security of the camp. His co-operators at Porcheresse were
Albert Louis (forester), Béatrice Davreux, Léona Lecuit, Jacques
Bresmal, Emile and Joseph Hernandez.
his meritorious efforts he received the US medal of Freedom with Bronze
Palm. His wife was awarded the 'Eisenhower Brevet' for her services to
the Allied cause.