Cardoen Karel Lodewijk

Cardoen Karel Lodewijk
Cardoen Karel Lodewijk

On Schuwe Maandag, German soldiers gathered all inhabitants of Roeselare were on the Grand Place. A number of them escaped and hid on the Nieuwmarkt. Among them was Karel-Lodewijk Cardoen, a 60 year old widower who lived in the Karnemelkstraat. Karel-Lodewijk took refuge in the cellar of a local bar. Shots were fired, presumably by French soldiers who had stayed behind. Near the entrance to the bar, the corpse of a German soldier lay on the ground. The Germans, who were convinced that the shots…

Colpaert Arthur

Izegem-born Arthur Colpaert volunteered in the Belgian Army at the start of the First World War. After a short training period, he was employed as an artillerist in section B211. Later on, he was transferred to the “genie”, a group of soldiers who were in charge of the construction of important structures, such as bridges. For 4 years, he served as a soldier in different parts of the frontzone. When he had time off, he visited his family. Arthur left a war diary, a transcript of his experie…

Cowan James Basil

Cowan James Basil
Cowan James Basil

James Basil Cowan was an Australian pilot in the British Royal Flying Corps. It was not uncommon for Australian citizens to join the British forces during World War I, as Australia was a British colony at the time. Before the Allied Hundred Day Offensive, Cowan was transferred to Sainte-Marie-Cappelle and paired with Norman Jones, another lieutenant of the Royal Flying Corps. On October 3rd, 1918, the duo received instructions to bombard the railway station of Izegem. Their mission was interrup…

Cnockaert Martha

Cnockaert Martha
Cnockaert Martha

Martha Cnockaert was born in Westrozebeke on October 27th, 1892. When the war broke out, 22-year old Martha volunteered as a nurse in the convent of Westrozebeke, where she attended to wounded soldiers. When Westrozebeke was evacuated in late January 1915, Martha Cnockaert relocated her nursing activities to the Klein Seminarie in Roeselare. A few days after her arrival in Roeselare, she was approached by a member of the British Secret Services and became a spy. Her code name was Laura. Martha …