15 October 1914 German Occupation of Hooglede and Lichtervelde

Having captured Ingelmunster on the previous day, the German army force met little resistance at Hooglede and Lichtervelde. Both villages were occupied on 15 October 1918. The Germans killed 2 farmers at St-Jozef and executed 2 British soldiers at Gits. 

In Staden, a brief shootout took place between 2 Belgian and 2 German soldiers, and 5 grenades were launched at the church tower. An estimated 4000 inhabitants of Staden fled in the direction of Ypres. In the meantime, a great number of German soldiers arrived in Rumbeke, Roeselare and Izegem. 

The photo shows the town square of Hooglede.