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 experiences as a volunteer on the warfront. The focus of his reflections was on the everyday life of the soldiers: where they slept, what they ate, etc.