Monday, 4 November 2019

Belgian refugees in Chorley

The following is not in honour of the new Speaker of the House, but any occasion is good enough to dive into hetarchief.be and briefly tap into the Belgian refugees in Chorley according to that single source. A brief dive though it is.

In Chorley, Rawcliffe Hospital looked after Belgian soldiers such as Frans Lootens (December 1914), Maurice Deryckere (December 1914), Van Der Elst (no first name, January 1915).
Bertha De Clercq, from Antwerp, stayed at 8 Garden Terrace, Chorley (January 1915).
M. Impens, who lived in Chorley as well, donated 10s to the Penny Belge in August 1915, and again in September and in November.
Frans Van Rompaey stayed in Bridge Cottage, Eccleston (September 1915).

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