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…

Debusschere Richard

Born in Lichtervelde, Richard Debusschere spent his childhood in the parental home on the dead-end part Bollestraat, west of the railroad. In 1908, Richard married a girl from Torhout and moved there.  In the summer of 1915, as a number of German soldiers were quartered in their home, the young family got into trouble when one of the German soldiers accused Richard’s wife of stealing food. The allegations were never properly investigated, but Richard took the fall for his wife’s supposed m…

Monteyne Leontine

Monteyne Leontine
Monteyne Leontine

Leontine Monteyne was born in Ingelmunster on March 18th, 1989. During World War I, Leontine was twice captured and detained by the German occupier.  On October 11th, 1915, Leontine was arrested after hostile song lyrics about the German Emperor had been discovered in her home. She was imprisoned at Halle an der Saale, in the federal state of Saksen-Anhalt.  Based on reports in the journal of Ernest Schotte, Leontine was not the only woman in the region that was arrested in October 1915: “A…

Garros Roland

Garros Roland
Garros Roland

Roland Garros was born in France on October 6th, 1988. He was a famous combat pilot during World War I.  On April 18th, 1915, Roland experienced technical difficulties while crossing the Sterre-forest in Rumbeke. He successfully performed an emergency landing close to the border between Ingelmunster and Hulste. Using an ingenious machine gun contraption, he tried to destroy his aircraft before he was taken prisoner by the Germans. After being detained in Izegem for a while, he was transferred …

Cnockaert Martha

Cnockaert Martha
Cnockaert Martha

Martha Cnockaert was born in Westrozebeke on October 27th, 1892. When the war broke out, 22-year old Martha volunteered as a nurse in the convent of Westrozebeke, where she attended to wounded soldiers. When Westrozebeke was evacuated in late January 1915, Martha Cnockaert relocated her nursing activities to the Klein Seminarie in Roeselare. A few days after her arrival in Roeselare, she was approached by a member of the British Secret Services and became a spy. Her code name was Laura. Martha …

Deroo Marie

The famous World War I spy Martha Knockaert mentioned a Lucelle Deldonck in her autobiographical novel ‘I Was a Spy’. Lucelle Deldonck was the code name of Martha's aunt, Marie Deroo.  When the war broke out, Marie Deroo was a wheat merchant and mother of five. The family lived in Westrozebeke. From October 21st until October 23rd, 1914, mayor Mahieu of Roeselare, who had been taken prisoner, was sent to Westrozebeke by the Germans to supervise  …

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…

Dezegher Sylvère

Dezegher Sylvère
Dezegher Sylvère

Sylvère Dezegher was born on April 14th, 1902. When the war broke out, he was living in Dadizele with his parents and 4 siblings. In October 1917, the family was forced to leave Dadizele and settled in Herne, a village in Flanders' Pajottenland. They returned to Dadizele after the war. During World War I, Sylvère kept a journal of his life in occupied Dadizele and as a refugee in Herne. Sylvère became a flax merchant and started working at “Het Fabriekske”, a mill in Ledegem. He later ma…

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…

Ortskommandant Prasse

Ortskommandant Prasse
Ortskommandant Prasse

The task of an Ortskommandant was to maintain order and stability in an occupied town. He was responsible for the infrastructure and for the accommodation, provision and relaxation of quartered troops. The influence of Ortskommandant Prasse, however, reached far beyond that. He was a notorious figure because of the many rules and regulations he imposed on the Roeselare population. It was not long before the first inevitable conflicts between the two parties arose. Mayor Mahieu repeatedly acted …

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