Vandelanotte Amatus

Born in Poperinge on April 6th, 1851, Amatus Vandelanotte became the parish priest of Hooglede on March 19th, 1911. In the late summer of 1915, a group of intoxicated German bakers were crossing the market place in Hooglede, when junior officer Cadts noticed a light shining from the church tower. As there was no doubt in their minds that the parish priest was working as a spy for the Allies, the group made towards the parsonage to wake the parson. Vandelanotte received death threats en was chas…

Van Wtberghe Georges

Van Wtberghe Georges
Van Wtberghe Georges

Georges Van Wtberghe was a linen manufacturer from Izegem. His mill was located between the railroad and the channel. Furthermore, he was the chairman of Izegem's musical society ‘de Grétyrkring’. During the war, he put many of his resources and possessions at the disposition of the Red Cross. He also provided beds for wounded soldiers. On August 6th, 1914, his father’s private street was claimed by the Germans and renamed “Berlinerstrasse”. It was used to accommodate a number of ten…

Vandoorne Jules

Jules Vandoorne was born in Lichtervelde in 1894. He was conscripted into the Belgian army in September 1914, and sent to a training camp in Valognes. After his training, he joined the 2nd Regiment of Grenadiers and was deployed to the front lines in April 1915. He would not remain there long; just a few weeks after his arrival, Jules was captured by the Germans in the municipality of Merkem. He was transferred to a prisoner of war camp in Güstrow, near Hamburg, Germany, where he was forced to…