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.

https://refugeesinrhyl.wordpress.com/rhyl/

 

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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.

 

The Davies sisters Gwendoline and Margaret

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The Davies sisters Gwendoline and Margaret did much to support Belgian Refugees in Wales with a particular interest in artists and musicians. Under the direction of Dr Rhian Davies, the 2014 Gregynog Festival included music by Belgian refugees who came to live in Powys and Ceredigion in October 1914, including Eugène Guillaume and Nicolas Laoureux.


Gwendoline a Margaret – y chwiorydd Davies

Cefnogodd y chiworydd Davies o Llandinam, Gwendoline a Margaret, y ffoaduriaid o wlad Belg o’r RhB1af, yn enwedig yr artistiaid a cherddorion. O dan arweiniad Dr Rhian Davies, roedd Gwyl Gregynog 2014 yn cynnwys cerddoriaeth gan ffoaduriaid Belg a ddaeth i fyw ym Mhowys a Cheredigion yn 1914, gan gynnwys Eugène Guillaume a Nicolas Laoureux.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-26648316

Altarpiece carved by Belgian Refugee, Jules Bernaerts

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Striking altarpiece carved by Belgian refugee, Jules Bernaerts. It is said that Bernaerts used locals as models for his faces depicting Jesus and the disciples at the last supper. The parishoners have also preserved a fine embroidered altar cloth hand stitched by his wife. Llanfihangel is known as a ‘Thankful Village’, one of around 14 villages in England and Wales which suffered no losses on the battlefields or deaths during World War 1.  Rev Margaret Le Grice is the parish contact.


Allorlun wedi’i gerfio gan Ffoadur Belgaidd, Jules Bernaerts

Converted_file_3dbfe5bcCerflun cefn yr allor hardd gan ffoadur o Wlad Belg, Jules Bernaerts. Dywedir i’r cerflunydd ddefnyddio pobl lleol fel modelau ar gyfer y protread byw o’r swper olaf. Hefyd, cedwir gan y plwyfolion lian allor o frodwaith gan ei wraig. Adnabyddir Llanfihangel fel ‘Pentref Diolchgar’ gan ei bod ymysg criw dethol o tua 14 pentref yng Nghymru a Lloeger na gollodd meibion yn y Rhyfel Mawr. Parch Margaret Le Grice yw’r cyswllt i’r plwyf.

http://www.peaceful-places.com/destination/llanfihangel-y-creuddyn

Grave of Belgian Refugee mother in Laugharne

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Converted_file_2eecd49aBuried at St Martin’s Church in Laugharne is a Belgian refugee mother, Leonie de Moulin. Her grave is marked by a wooden cross (the horizontal cross currently missing) & name plaque right adjacent to the church door. This is a hidden history yet to be fully uncovered and the local contact for further information is Janet Bradshaw. In the same graveyard is the grave of Dylan Thomas and his wife Caitlin.


Bedd mam Ffoadur Belgaidd yn Nhalacharn 

Ym mynwent eglwys St Martin, Talachre, gwelir ger drws yr eglwys bedd Ffoadur o Wlad Belg, Leonie de Moulin. Mae croes bren yn nodi ei bedd (bellach mae’r pren ar draws ar goll) a phlac yn rhoi’r enw gan nodi ei bod yn fam. Mae yma hanes gudd sydd eto i’w dadorchuddio a’r cyswllt lleol yw Janet Bradshaw. Yn yr un fynwent ceir bedd Dylan Thomas a’i wraig Caitlin.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g552054-d310596-Reviews-St_Martin_s_Church-Laugharne_Carmarthenshire_Wales.html

Milford Haven memorial by Belgian Refugees

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An imposing memorial in thanks to the people of Milford Haven from the Belgian refugees. There are many associated hidden histories to be uncovered here including those of the welcome afforded in the name of the town by the Mayor, William Causey Whittow (later made honorary Burgermeister of Ostend), the temporary accommodation at the fish market and the efforts of Mr Prior to feed the refugees when they arrived. If you have information to add to this story please forward to the Clerk or Secretary of the Town Council or to Dr Christophe Declercq c.declercq@ucl.ac.uk
mail to: c.declercq@ucl.ac.uk
Blog on Belgian refugees-http://belgianrefugees.blogspot.co.uk/


Cofeb Aberdaugleddau gan Ffoaduriaid Belgaidd 

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Cofeb arwyddocaol yn diolch pobl Dinbych y Pysgod am eu croeso, gan ffoaduriaid o Wlad Belg. Mae yma hanesion i’w dadorchuddio gan gynnwys hanes y croeso a roddwyd ar ran y dref gan y Maer, William Causey Whittow, y llety dros dro yn y farchnad bysgod ac ymdrechion Mr Prior i fwydo’r ffoaduriaid wedi iddynt gyrraedd. Os gwyddoch am fwy o wybodaeth am yr ardal cysyllter â chlerc neu ysgrifenyddes Cyngor y Dref neu a Dr Christophe Declercq: c.declercq@ucl.ac.uk

Blog ar fooadiriaid o Wlad Belg- http://belgianrefugees.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.coflein.gov.uk/en/site/419436/details/MILFORD+HAVEN+BELGIAN+WAR+MEMORIAL/