Saelen Emiel

Saelen Emiel
Saelen Emiel

Emiel Saelen was the son of the fruiterer and fishmonger in the Statiestraat in Lichtervelde. In March of 1918, he was arrested for smuggling letters, and accused of espionage. He was imprisoned in Roeselare, where he was physically abused by his interrogators. Luckily for him, Emiel managed to escape. He had been wandering about aimlessly for days, when on March 16th, he joined up with 2 partners in misfortune and arrived at ’t Schaekske, a suburban neighbourhood in Torhout. There, the three…

Schotte Ernest

Ernest Schotte was born on June 27th, 1974. He succeeded his father as clerk to the council of Ingelmunster.  In October 1918, Ernest was wounded in the foot and found in the Weststraat, where he had been hit by a German grenade or bullet. The German Red Cross accompanying the army took him with them to administer first aid care. He was first brought to Waregem, then to Deinze, where his foot was amputated. Eventually, he was taken to Ghent, where he died on October 20th, just days before the …

Slosse Leopold

Slosse Leopold
Slosse Leopold

Leopold Slosse was born in Marke on November 2nd, 1842. He was appointed parish priest of Rumbeke in July 1896, a position he would fill until his death in March 1920. In the area, he was more commonly known by his nickname, “Father Slosse”. Father Slosse was also a passionate local historian and collector of mourning-cards and in memoriam cards. Slosse wrote an important work on the history of Kortrijk. During the war, he kept a journal in which he describes the goings on in the wider area…

Sioen Elias et Vandewyckele Julia

Sioen Elias  et Vandewyckele Julia
Sioen Elias et Vandewyckele Julia

When war broke out in 1914, Eduard Sioen was forced to leave his family home in Dadizele, along with his wife and their children, including their adolescent son Elias. They had been on the run for weeks when they were instructed by French soldiers to flee towards Calais, far away from the ever-changing frontline. On January 15th, 1915, the family boarded a French vessel at Calais that would take them to La Rochelle. The passage was tumultuous, as the ship was caught in a violent storm. In the m…