Lybeer Achiel

Lybeer Achiel
Lybeer Achiel

Roeselare-based apothecary Achiel Lybeer was conscripted into the army during World War I. He mainly worked at the H.E.A. military hospital (Hôpital d’Evacuation en Arrière), a field hospital behind the frontline, based in Adinkerke. He was responsible for the distribution of medicines. A passionate photographer, Achiel took pictures wherever he went, even during the war. Given that his action radius was centred around Adinkerke, most of his photographs were taken near the coast and in the …

Le Hétet Ferdinand

Le Hétet Ferdinand
Le Hétet Ferdinand

Ferdinand Le Hétet was a French soldier who was stationed in the Roeselare area at the beginning of World War I. He gained respect and fame for his heroic course of action on Schuwe Maandag, when he offered to protect his fellow soldiers and guarantee their safe return by remaining behind himself. Legend has is that his chief embraced him, crying “Merci mon enfant, au nom de la France!”. All soldiers had tears in their eyes, for they knew for certain that Ferdinand was going to die. They h…

Lievens Maurice

The son of fabric merchants, Maurice Lievens was born in Ninove on August 9th, 1886. In September of 1912, he moved to Denderleeuw to start his career as a general practitioner.  On August 1st, 1914, Maurice was conscripted into the Belgian army. For four years, he served as a medic in just about every sector of the Belgian war front between Boezinge and Nieuwpoort. During the Hundred Day Offensive, Maurice was active in the BIE-region. Maurice kept a detailed journal of his experiences as a d…

Lange Rudolf

Lange Rudolf
Lange Rudolf

Rudolf Lange (1874-1918) was a famous German soldier and painter. He was 40 years old when he was mobilised and made battalion commander of RIR 236, then RIR 237. Both regiments were quartered in Lichtervelde during several of their periods of leave.  Rudolf was a talented amateur draughtsman and painter. During the war, he made countless terrain sketches, drawings and water-colour paintings of buildings and landscapes in Lichtervelde, Staden, Beveren, Moorslede, Ingelmunster, Gits and Oostnie…