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Cdr. Philippe A. A. Pille

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 2nd Aug 2010. Registration No. 0171.

Arms: Azure, on a chevron Argent between three arrows Or, three roses Gules seeded Or and barbed Vert.

Crest: A demi-lion rampant Or armed and langued Gules, holding in the forepaws a grenade Argent flamed Gules.

Motto: Recht in de Roos

Grant: Flemish Government on October 24th 2008. Vlaamse Heraldische Raad (the Flemish Heraldic Council) on October 24th 2008 Registration No. 129

The Arms of Cdr. Philippe A. A. Pille

The armiger bears canting arms: his name “Pille” is a Flemish dialect word, meaning “arrow”. The three arrows represent the armiger’s three most important life values: honesty, diligence and eagerness to learn. The chevron with the three roses symbolise the armiger’s aim in life : to live in service of God, country and family. The two main tinctures : Azure and Argent are those of the arms of the town of Wevelgem, the cradle of the Pille Family.

The crest reflects the armiger’s military career during which he was a senior officer in the Belgian Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Group. The lion in the crest refers to the Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Belgium and to the Brussels Royal Military Academy, while the grenade stands for the bomb disposal missions and operations in which he participated.

The armiger has privately assumed supporters; dexter a Dolphin Or langued Gules, sinister a Boar Or langued Gules. The supporters refer to the two Belgian EOD battalions, operating during and after WWII. The dolphin (dexter) was the unit insignia of the Coast EOD Battalion, whereas the boar (sinister) was the insignia of the EOD batallion, operating in the Ardennes. By extension, the dolphin represents the North of the country (Flanders), the boar the South (the Walloon region) and the lion in the crest symbolizes the bonding factor between these two regions of Belgium.

Cdr (Ret’d) Philippe A. A. Pille, MSc Expl Eng, was during his active military career a senior ammunition technical officer (ATO). He has been trained as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) technician in Belgium , the UK (Army School of Ammunition) and Germany (Bundeskriminalamt and Technische Truppenschule des Heeres). He has been commanding officer of the Belgian Bomb Disposal Unit, operating in the World War I battlefield area, surrounding Ypres. He has also participated in United Nations missions in the former republic of Yugoslavia and in UNDP de-mining programmes in Cambodia as a senior technical adviser and UN expert on mission. He is an Officer in the Order of the Crown and a Knight in the Order of King Leopold.

 
 

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