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 chased up the steps of the church tower. In the meantime, one of the drunken bakers had reached the house of the municipal treasurer, where senior German officer Eulert was quartered. The baker was looking to inform the officer of their ‘important catch’.
Awoken by all the commotion outside, senior officer Eulert hurried to the church tower to release parson Vandelanotte from the hands of the drunken bakers. There had indeed been specs of light, originating from the church tower, but they turned out to be a reflection of the moonlight on the church clock. Nevertheless, the parson was summoned to a hearing a few days later. Through the interference of officer Eulert, he was acquitted.
In spite of the outcome, Amatus Vandelanotte never recovered from the shock of the events. He died shortly after, aged 64, on Christmas Day, 1915. He was given an honourable funeral 5 days later. The service was led by the dean of Roeselare, E. De Saegher, and attended by Rittmeister Blume, the Ortskommandant of Hooglede, and the General der Artillerie, Alfred Ziethen. Hooglede would remain without a parson until 1919.