Warm welcome to Belgian Refugees in Rhyl, 1914

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Clear newspaper and photo evidence shows the warmth of welcome to Belgian refugees in Rhyl 1914. “We doubt whether, in the history of Rhyl, such a huge demonstration depicting sincerity and enthusiasm has been witnessed. For days the event had been patiently awaited, and the house on the East Parade set up as a home for the homeless, was literally besieged with enquirers anxious to learn when the party were expected, and the great interest culminated in a memorable scene outside the Railway Station on Tuesday. At least 200 people assembled, not to mention the many thousands that lined the route all along the High Street.” The Rhyl Journal 10/10/1914.


Croeso cynnes i Ffoaduriaid Belgaidd yn Y Rhyl, 1914

Dengys y dystiolaeth yn y papur newydd ac mewn ffotograffau y bu i’r ffoaduriaid o Wlad Belg dderbyn croeso cynnes iawn yn y Rhyl yn 1914. “We doubt whether, in the history of Rhyl, such a huge demonstration depicting sincerity and enthusiasm has been witnessed. For days the event had been patiently awaited, and the house on the East Parade set up as a home for the homeless, was literally besieged with enquirers anxious to learn when the party were expected, and the great interest culminated in a memorable scene outside the Railway Station on Tuesday. At least 200 people assembled, not to mention the many thousands that lined the route all along the High Street.”  The Rhyl Journal 10/10/1914.

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Eisteddfod Chair carved by Belgian refugee

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map-9At the Cemaes Heritage Centre you will find an interesting bardic eisteddfod chair, carved by Emile de Vynck, a Belgian refugee. The three women in traditional Welsh dress are particularly appealing. The given poetic theme, for the 1923 national eisteddfod at Cemaes, was a tribute to the late Rev John Williams Brynsiencyn, a key supporter of David Lloyd George in encouraging young men to enlist in WW1. The chair was won by Rev WE Penllyn Jones. There are further links to Lloyd George, as de Vynck was one of the Belgian refugees accommodated in the Criccieth area and supported by commissions from Lloyd George’s acquaintances.

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Cadair Eisteddfod wedi’i cherfio gan ffoadur Belgaidd

Ceir yng Nghemaes gadair eisteddfodol hardd a naddwyd gan Emile de Vynck, ffoadur o Wlad Belg. Mae’r tair gwraig mewn gwisg draddodiadol Gymreig yn drawiadol iawn. Testun yr awdl fuddugol gan y Parch WE Penllyn Jones yn yr eisteddfod genedlaethol yng Nghemaes 1923 oedd teyrnged i’r diweddar Barchedig John Williams Brynsiencyn. Mae cysylltiadau cryf i David Lloyd George gan y bu de Vynck yn ffoadur a dderbyniodd croeso yng Nghricieth a nawdd cyfeillion Lloyd George, ac y bu’r Parch John Williams yn flaenllaw ei gefnogaeth i ymdrechion Lloyd George i recriwtio milwyr ar gyfer y rhyfel.
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Menai Bridge information

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Residences for Belgian refugees in Menai Bridge included 7 & 8 Nant Terrace, Preswylfa, & Bod Idris. Further local research could identify these houses but it appears that the Nant Terrace houses would be where the car park is today. Surnames mentioned in the area include: Fredrinca Henrica De Groote, Julian Augustus & Irena Maria Esther & Vabrulina Valentina Stephania Acken, Honk De Groof, Jeanne Vloebergh, Albert & Francois Crol, Alphonse Van Camp, Maria Verlinder, Elizabeth Van Rode, Jeanne Crol, Louise Dons, Mr Pelsmaeker. Jas G Bacon, Mariette & Roger & Gabrielle Goto. Visit Anglesey Archives for further research and school log books.

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Porthaethwy: Bu ffoaduriaid o Wlad Belg yn byw yn 7 & 8 Nant Terrace, Preswylfa & Bod Idris. Gydag ymchwil pellach bydd modd adnabod y cartrefi hyn ond ymddengys fod gweddill Nant Terrace bellach yn faes parcio. A ganlyn ceir enwau a welir mewn llyfrau log yn berthnasol i ardal Porthaethwy yn Archifdy Môn. Fredrinca Henrica De Groote, Julian Augustus & Irena Maria Esther & Vabrulina Valentina Stephania Acken, Honk De Groof, Jeanne Vloebergh, Albert & Francois Crol, Alphonse Van Camp, Maria Verlinder, Elizabeth Van Rode, Jeanne Crol, Louise Dons, Mr Pelsmaeker. Jas G Bacon, Mariette & Roger & Gabrielle Goto.