see OudenaardeOudenaarde
, Fr. Audenarde, commune (1991 pop. 27,162), East Flanders prov., W Belgium, on the Scheldt River. It is a textile center and a rail junction. At Oudenaarde, in 1708, the allies under Marlborough and Eugene of Savoy defeated the French under the dukes of
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, Belgium.
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The event, organised by the council with support from Thomas Caldwell's family and the Carluke Historical Society, took place 100 years to the day since the battle of Audenarde, towards the end of WW1, for which Sgt Caldwell was awarded the Victoria Cross.
Sergeant Thomas Caldwell, Carluke; Royal Scots Fusiliers Audenarde, October 31
Mont Eclus in front of Audenarde, is probably the only hill worthy of the name in this part of Belgium, and the ensuing operations were considerably handicapped by being overlooked.
The date marks the centenary of the battle of Audenarde, shortly before the end of the Great War, in which Sgt Caldwell's leadership helped overcome enemy forces in the fields of Belgium, and for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.