My granduncle Emilius Delanghe was a fisherman from Antwerp, and my mother tells me that he saved many women and children by taking them on his boat during the First World War.
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My maternal grandparents and their first four children (of their eventual ten offspring) fled Mechelen and travelled to England, possibly via the Netherlands, after German hostilities began in Belgium in 1914.
Julianus Albertus Vroome was born in Oostende, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium on the 21 February 1898 and was the third of five children of Albertus Eduardus Vroome and Mathildis Joanna Martinsen.
The Schippers family from Mechelen spent the entire duration of the war in Leeds, Yorkshire.
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