Willy Walscharts donated us several items regarding his grandfather Frans Lenders, Belgian soldier with the 18th Line Regiment. Among others photographs, medals, pocket knife, razor, etc.
Roger Bocklandt donated us a bugle of his grandfather Alfons De Wispeleir soldier during the war and two books related to the war.
Els Van Houwe-Bergé donated us diaries, photographs and shaving supplies regarding Jan Bergé, Belgian soldier with the 16th Line Regiment.
Philippe Groenweghe donated us different things regarding Firmin Groenweghe Belgian soldier with the 1st and 3rd Regiment karabiniers.
Emilienne De Martelaer donated us several medals and documents related with her father Gerard Martelaer. This in addition to a previous donation.
Michael Stanlake donated us a piece of woodcarving, it was found by his grandfather John James Young during the War in the ruins of Ypres, St-Martin’s church.
Oliver Harris donated us a stone head, it was found by his grandfather Norman Arthur Birks in the ruins of Ypres, St-Martin’s church 1916.
Rita Langeraert gave us a notebook written by a soldier of the 3rd Line Regiment wherein all performances they have performed with their music during the war. Everything with place and date and what they played, from 1916 to 1918.
Friede De Ceuleneer donated three etchings and one drawing by Marten Van Der Loo, grandfather of the donor. Also, a copy of "Ons Volk" of 1920 which is about Marten Van Der Loo.
Nico Kropman gave us a handkerchief embroidered with the inscription "“Ter Herdenking der Belgische Vluchtelingen 1917”. The handkerchief was given by Belgian refugees to his family because they could stay for a while.
Anne and Aidan Maguire donated a bell used by the Germans as a gas alarm. She was captured by the British Fourth Army during the Battle of Loos in September 1915.
Thierri Goddeeris gave us several books about the First World War and “Rapport sur les traveaux de la section de colonne d’ambulance de la Croix Rouge de Belgique (section Anvers) dressé par J. De Bakker”, also several separate photographs of the same subject.
Vic De Ridder gave us several photographs of soldiers from the Belgian sector.
Anne Claes donated several items concerning her grandfather Joseph Claes soldier with the 13th Artillery Regiment. Among others, documents, photos, miniature medals and medal of “vuurkruiser”. This in addition to a previous donation.
Klaas Pattyn donated a German trench armor consisting of four parts. It was unearthed in a field along Hospital Street in Vlamertinge.
Ian and Denise Edgar donated two candlesticks found in the ruins of Ypres by Joseph Richard Jones, AIF Light Railway Company.
Margaret Harris donated a wooden figurine "Tekoteko" from the Maoris in New Zealand. A contemporary figure. These figures were single figures standing on the rooftop of public houses / buildings. The purpose of such a figure was to guard the square in front of the building and to challenge every visitor to the tribe. When the visitors turn out to be friendly then provides teko teko protection.
Marie-Jeanne Haesebrouck donated a painting of Raymond Haesebrouck with his wife. Raymond was a war veteran and blind by the war. He was commissioned to select the Unknown Soldier from five cases.
Corinne Thomson gave us a pillowcase made in silk and lace as a souvenir with a central painting of the burning Cloth Hall. Exceptional is that it was signed "Y. Capelle".
Ludwig Arys gave us two couples carved shell casings. One couple with lilies and butterfly and on the other a French helmet and holly.
Mr T.-F. van Dijk gave us the full volumes from 1914 to 1918 of the French newspaper "L'Echo de Paris" and a few examples of “Algemeen Handelsblad" from the 20s.
Tillo Ostyn gave us a piece of trench art. A wooden crucifix made by the Belgian soldier Hubert Bastin from Malone. The crucifix was gift from the soldier to the grandparents of the donor.
Bruce Carter gave us a cross found by his grandfather in the ruins of Ypres during the war. He took it home as a souvenir.
Mr and mrs Van den Abeele-Vandenbroeck gave us a notebook in which the description about the family Vandermeersch, refugees of War. The family stayed in Montauban (France) where the mother of the donor was born.
Bob Van de Voorde gave us a memorial plaque of the French soldier Frederic Averty. He was a soldier with the 77th Infantry Regiment and died in Zonnebeke on November 12, 1914.
Pascaline Outtier gave us a memorial framework in plaster. On the frame also the medals and a photograph of Edouard Victor Simoens, soldier with the 25th Line Regiment.
Jeanine Defieuw gave us several things concerning her uncle Henry Vanden Heede. He died on the day he gave up his leave to a married friend. Among others his prayer card, letter written by a friend about his death, Carnet de Pécule, etc.
June Hooley gave us several things about her great uncle Albert Webb, he served with the Yorkshire Light Infantry. Among others his pocket watch, knife, two buttons, photographs, letters, postcards, etc.
Michèle De Loof gave different things about her great aunt Janette Aspeslagh and her fiance Dominique Baes. Dominique was a Belgian professional footballer at Cercle Brugge and also played with the Belgian national team. During the war he played in the "Front Wanderers." All professional players who were soldier. We got a ring made by Dominique during the war for Janette and several pictures of matches during the war.
Vzw Congregatie v.d. Zusters v.d. Heilige Jozef donated a box with a chalice, paten and spoon. This chalice was rescued from the basement of the monastery of St Joseph in the Bollingstraat at Ypres on April 23, 1915.
Andrea Boeraeve gave a postcard written by her grandfather to his fiancée and a publication with reproductions "Aveugles de la Guerre / War Blind / The Blind of the War" by Samuel Devriendt.
André Deleu donated German letters found in a chimney. He also found a British cigarette box and a playing card.
Mr and Mrs Den Tandt gave two wooden frames with an embroidery. The frames were made in the "House of mutilated soldiers" in Geraardsbergen.
Marie-Rose Menten donated a copy of the publication "Deutsche Gefangene in England".
Pascal Bienaime gave a French and British bayonet.
Ria Theys donated a framed photograph, diary, letters and mortuary card of her uncle François Theys, private with the 11th Line Regiment.
Adeline and Paula Schmit gave a framed silk cloth, painted with an image of the burning Cloth Hall of Ypres. This was bought during the war by the family Truyens-Verbeeck.
Annie Storme donated several books and postcards about the First World War.
Véronique Menten gave an album with 111 postcards of Furnes.
Rachel Lauwaet donated a vase found in a church of Ypres. The vase was taken by the uncle of Simonne Lapierre.
Willy en Martje Declercq-Buysens gave a sewing box made by a Belgian soldier in a Dutch internment. On the inside of the lid there is a text cut out in bone "Souvenir Augustha Harderwyk 1914-1915".
Eveline Buysse donated two photographs, a memorial picture and a document of Edmond Deketelaere, private Machine Gun Company, 59th Infantry, US Army and died on 22 October 1918. Furthermore, a memorial case of his non deceased brother Leo. Both brothers had emigrated to the United States around 1908 and went voluntarily to the US army to get easier the US citizenship.
Mr and Mrs Follens-Bouckaert gave us a silver plate with text " Eendracht maakt macht – L’Union fait la force ".
Michèle Bauwens donated the wheelchair of her grandfather Alfred Van den Bonne. He was hurt in 1915 and both legs were amputated. He was rehabilitating in a hospital in Ecos (France) where he was nursed by Suzanne Lécuyer that later became his wife.
Marie Paule Gemis donated a picture of her uncle Benedict Dejongh, cyclist.
Martine Vanlondersele donated a calendar from 1916.
Mr and Mrs Van Andel donated a year of the magazine “The War Pictorial”.
Cyriel Serroel donated various items associated with the equipment of his father Octave, war veteran. Among others a shovel, bayonet, leg pads, box, ring, etc.
Mevrouw Nyns donated 11 framed drawings / letters written and signed by the German soldier Joseph Brummer. All the letters sent from Flanders and dated between 1915 and 1919.
Armand De Clercq donated a piece of trench art, an inkstand. Including several numbers of the magazine "Twenty Years After”.
Hélène Vandierendonck donated a dictionary of English / French. It belonged to her uncle.
Jeanine Laenens donated different items concerning her grandfather Alfons Ambroise Van Royen, soldier in the 1st Compagnie Genie. Among others several letters and photographs.
Marga Aerts donated some pictures and postcards of her grandfather John Bax.
Marcel Webers donated a piece of German trench art. A carved scallop with inscription "Andenken Belgien 1915-16". The scallop was found by his grandfather Cyril Matton in a conquered German trench.
Doreen Madden donated a badge of her father Harold Ernest Hine.
Nicole Hendrickx donated a certificate and a drawing of her grandfather, Jan Vos. Soldier during the war.
Roger Van Onckelen donated an obituary of Alois Ongena, two photographs and a booklet about the deceased soldiers of Moerbeke.
Marie Saey donated six medals and a savings account of her father Edgard. This in addition to a previous donation.
Piet Debusschere donated the notebook of his father Joseph in which he wrote the story of his flight to Bretagne (France).
Peet Seerden donated a pencil drawing entitled "L'Adieu". The signature of the maker is unreadable.
Kenneth John Kendall donated a statue of the Virgin Mary in plaster. His grandfather Samual Maunder, soldier with the Royal Engineers took it with him from the ruins of Ypres. There is an inscription underneath the statue “Taken from Ypres – 28th Oct. 1915, S. Maunder”.
Mrs Rosette Porta donated an oil painting of Felix Porta. He died on January 13th, 1916.
Mr Karcher donated a lot of different items about his father, uncle and aunt. Werner, Edouard and Hélène Karcher. A photoalbum, a diary of Edouard, binoculars, certificates and diploma’s, documents, photos, medals and tokens, etc. Hélène was a nurse during the War.
Gerard Dewit donated a commemorative plaque of Prosper Dewit, soldier with the 2th Regiment Jagers te voet.
Herman Tessens donated a large collection of glass negatives taken by doctor Henri-Louis Dox. All the photos are going about the daily life of a hospital during the War.
Jeanine Calcoen donated three photos of the Klemskerke battery.
Mr and Mrs Hollander-Peeters donated two photos of Camille Hellebaut, corporal with the 1ste Karabiniers. One photo just after he was wounded by a bullet in the left side of the stomach and another photo of his grave.
The Bauwens family donated two framed embroideries with the images of king Albert and Queen Elisabeth.
Ian L. Dudding donated a wooden sculpture originating from the choral of the St. Martin’s cathedral Ypres. The item was taken during the war by lietenant Fredrick Dudding.
Brecht Schotte donated two cards and two photos left with his great grandparents who were the landlords of the pub “De Landing” in Poperinge. Further, pliers belonging to the kit of a New Zealand soldier.
Tony Gilissen donated the certificates and the medals of his grandfather Antoine Gilissen. Also a photo album of Joseph Bonnewijn, sergeant with the Grenadiers in the War.
Gerda Vandemoere donated various photos and letters of the brothers Jeroom and Camiel Lannoye. Fled but then still soldiers in the Belgian army.
Marie-Claire Goselin donated various objects of her grandfather Gaston Goselin, soldier in the 22nd Line Regiment and prisoner of war in Germany.
Josette Legrand donated medals, certificates and fire card of Robert Legrand.
Family Candaele donated the war diary, medals, photos, etc. of René Candaele.
Jacques Blondiau donated a photo album of sergeant Urbain D’Helft.
Mr and Mrs Seymus-Meeus donated an oil painting made by H. Coeck after work by A. Stevens. The painting comes from Cesar Vergauwen who was a prisoner in Germany. Further also a brooch with the photo of Cesar that his wife always wore.
Anne-Marie Hautekiet donated memorabilia, photos, letters, cards, medals, etc. of the brothers Everaert.
Filip Tondeleir donated a German scissors viewer, made in Berlin 1918, with all accessories in a box.
Mr and Mrs Vincké donated three pictures and a prayer card of his uncle Jos Smits and two numbers of newspapers "Belgischer Kurier" and "Nieuwsblad van Antwerpen" from the period of the armistice, 1918.
Lionel Allemeersch donated several items concerning his grandfather Florimond De Backer, soldier at the 1st Line Regiment. Including his funeral prayer card and letter, a letter on fabric, two horsehair objects and a small carved bullet.
Mr and Mrs Verbist-Mens donated several certificates of Alphonse Mens, soldier during the War.
Lucien Moulaert donated a binocular, a shaving brush, four photographs and a framed drawing about the camp Beverloo. All of his father Omer Moulaert, soldier with the Carabiniers.
Leon Duprez donated two photographs of Achille Duprez. Including one written in captivity.
Eric De Clerck donated letters and photographs of Léon Morlet, probably a male nurse at Calais.
Mr and Mrs Schreel-Werniers donated a framed certificate “Tribute to Mr. Schreel, Constant” soldier at the 19th Line Regiment and two carved shell cases.
The Vereecken-Ballet family donated two souvenir handkerchiefs with lyrics, “Le Chant du depart” and “It’s a long, long way to Tipperary”.
Agnes Lammens donated a note book of her grandfather Emiel Lammens. The book is full of letters written in 1916 by his sister and brothers, all addressed to him.
Marc Smekens donated several items concerning his grandfather Benoit Smekens, private with the 1st Regiment Grenadiers. It is a very complete donation of documents, letters, photographs, a diary, decorations, a cap, identity tag, etc.
The Pierce family donated a piece of carved wood that was found by their father Edwin-Thompson Pierce. He was Driver of the Army Service Corps and discovered found the piece on the St-Martin’s Square in Ypres. His sons found that the piece of carving had to come back to Ypres.
Willy Leeman donated several items concerning Joseph Peeters, private with the 10th Artillery Regiment. Including decorations, certificates, identity tag and a trench dagger.
The Bocken-Haesen family donated a British wooden tool box from 1918.
Mr. Gallant donated several items belonging to his father Paul. Including documents, letters, medals, photographs, a statue of a soldier, etc.
Jacques Carrez donated several items belonging to both of his grandfathers. Of Felix Carrez, soldier with the 2nd Regiment Karabiniers, we received his “croix the feu” card, military passport and some photographs. Of Arthur Dejonghe, soldier with the 21st Linieregiment, we received his “croix de feu” card and military pocket book.
Yvonne Van Moer donated a Trench Art letter opener with text “Souvenir 1914-1916” made by her uncle Raymond Roelants.
The Rongé-Croenen family donated several items concerning her grandfather Albert Gascard. Including his “croix de feu” card, medals, shoes, gaiters, collar piece and a photograph.
The Janssen-Huijssen family donated several items concerning Alfons Van Puyenbroeck, soldier in the 3rd and 23rd Linieregiment. His “croix de feu” card, military passport, military pocket book and two photographs. Furthermore a document dated 1915, written by Mariette Vaerewijck who was in a school-colony in the U.K. and a map from after the war with the situation of 1918.
Guy and Gerda Willems-Hozée donated a photograph and letter, addressed to the mother, reporting the death of Edouard Doom, a soldier in the 7th Regiment of Artillery and who died on 28 September 1918 in the hospital of Hoogstade.
Jozef Heyrman donated a small revolver and a publication “Collier’s Photographic History of the European War”.
The Van de Craen-Van Bauwel family donated several items concerning Mary Eskens, a nurse during the war at Bourbourg. Including two poetry albums with notes of soldiers that she nursed, a photo album, loose photographs, medals, certificates, documents, etc.
André and Marjan Vandenbroeck-Op de beeck donated several different issues of magazines from right after the war and a series of reproductions of pictures of the parade of King Albert I and the allied troops in Brussels on 22 November 1918.
Elizabeth-Mary Dibble donated a pin that was sold after the war as a souvenir with the inscription "Hill 60".
George Luchies donated us a very valuable and complete file about his great uncle Armand Luchies, stretcher bearer during the war. Armand served on the hospital trains of Calais and Chambery. In 1916 he was heavily wounded by a bullet in the head, but recovered very well. After his recovery he became a male nurse in "Camp d'Auvours" and in the hospital of Chambéry. In August 1918 he went for a few days to Bath, but became very ill. A few days later he died at Bath, and was also buried there. We received his diary, photo album, complete correspondence, medals, identification plate, the bullet that wounded him, etc.
Katrien Couttenye donated a framed photograph of three great uncles died during the War. They are Georges, Gaston and Jerome Faes from Watou.
Kringloopwinkel West donated an album with a collection of 164 postcards and photographs. All of German origin. The postcards were almost all written on and sent. Mainly of German soldiers on the Eastern Front to their loved ones or family and vice versa. The photographs contain various scenes from everyday life at and behind the front.
Jan and Antoon Goethals donated twenty-two certificates of persons deported from Harelbeke, four medals of the Cross of the Deported, three post-war membership cards of the “Vlaamsche Federatie van Weggevoerden Z.A.B.” also of Harelbeke residents and a leather bag depicting a soldier containing a few lighters.
Rudi Sohier donated a gradation ruler for a cannon.
Frank De Smedt donated four framed lottery slips from his grandfather Frans Ruys. Also various objects such as letters (correspondence with Celeste Ruys), military pocket book, pay book, military passport and photos of Remi De Ridder, brother - in - law of Frans Ruys. A military pocket book of Pierre-Louis Frans.
Frank Vanderper donated a piece of trench art. A matchbox holder with the inscriptions “Valère Geldhof, Aviation, Belges, Souvenir 1918, de la Guerre”.
Guy Strypstein donated an American helmet.
Luc Polfliet donated eight letters, each addressed to Ernest and Rosa, a photo album and four medals of private Jules Van Dam. Furthermore an identification plate of Louis Mosbeux.
Carlos U. Vergaelen donated several items from the estate of his mother Julia Van den Bosche who was a refugee in the U.K.. Such as an instruction handkerchief for taking care of fractures, four musical scores, a “Baggage label for Belgian refugee” and a book “Moedertaal” of 1917. Furthermore, several postcards and two letters of leave.
André Van Hoyweghen donated several military documents, letters, photographs and medals belonging to Joseph Devos, private of the 10th Linieregiment and died on the 2nd of May 1916.
Gillian Reid donated a very small photo album, sold as a souvenir before the War in Ypres. The souvenir was probably found by a soldier in the ruins of Ypres during the War and picked up home.
Marc Van Moer donated several documents and information about his grandfather Renaat Longin , private of the 3rd Legerdivisie, such as photos, decorations, letters and his military passport. It also included some information of his activities after the war at the V.O.S. in Vilvoorde.
In Jayne Hosmer’s name, Gill and George Midgley donated a book called “The Red Letter New Testament”. This book originally belonged to Captain Lee Harrison of the 6th Battalion Sherwood Foresters. The book was found and picked up by another private at the Cloth Hall in Ypres in 1915.
Augusta De Ridder donated the correspondence of her father Philémon, private of the Corps de transport, with his fiancée. She also donated his name tag and several photos.
Jean-Pierre Hosten donated a complete file of his great-uncle Aloïs Hillewaere, private of the 9th Linieregiment, including a complete correspondence, his military record and information concerning the regiment. The donation also included several items of his two grandfathers, Cyrille Hosten en Serafijn Herrewijn, in particular their decorations.
From the inheritance of Adolf Piedfort, we received several documents, photos, medals and diplomas from the Piedfort cousins.
David Whitmore donated a trench map, “sheet 36 NW”.
The Lemmens family donated several mementos and documents belonging to their father Georges Lemmens, such as a token for sortition, a cap and some decorations.
Annick Dubetz donated a military woollen blanket belonging to her father Camille-Victor-Julien Dubetz, private during the war.
The de Reus family donated an engraved wooden photo frame. It was made by Belgian soldier V. Oostenrijck, most likely in a Dutch internment camp, in 1915.
Patrick Goyvaert donated several items belonging to his grandfather Florent Goyvaert, private of the 4th Linieregiment, including his helmet, medals and decorations, a marriage certificate, a notebook in which he wrote poetry, two engraved shells, etc.
Henri De Deken donated two pamphlets called “De oorlogsoorden, veldtocht 1914-1918”, annotated by John Rooses, private of the 2nd Regiment Genie.
Juliette Briot donated a mandolin belonging to Gaston Bogaert, private during the war.
The Hutsebaut-De Moor family donated several egodocuments of Mrs. De Moor’s grandfathers. We received four documents and a photograph of Jules De Moor, private of the 2nd Regiment Karabiniers who was killed during the first gas attack on April 25th 1915 at Lizerne. We also received several decorations and matching certificates, a military passport, a mobilization book and a photograph of Isidoor Temmerman, private of the 16th Linieregiment.
Mr. and Mrs. Baeten-Moerkens donated two novels: “Dit is het zwartboek, uitgegeven door de Vlaamsche IJzersoldaten” from 1919 and a collection of poems “Bij den Saksenheerd”.
Anne-Marie Heylen donated some documents of her grandfather Adolf Devroye, sergeant of the 7th Linieregiment and prisoner of war in Soltau, including two photographs of his family, a group photograph of the militia, a small book about pensions, two documents concerning military pensions and a book about the 7th Linieregiment.
Hilde Suffis donated several certificates for decorations of her uncle Jérome Delbecque, private during the war. We also received two speeches that were delivered during the funerals of Jeroom Suffis and Antoon Lambrecht.
Willy Theunis donated a “Permis de séjour” belonging to Gaillard Rodolphe, March 18th 1915.
The Ceulemans-Aerts family donated a large framed photograph of their great uncle Joseph Hardy, private with the 19de Linieregiment and was killed at Boezinge April 17th 1918. They gave us also a framed reproduction of American soldiers during the War.
Mr. Jansen-Van de Laak donated three issues of the Dutch magazine “De oorlog in”.
Freddy Lannoye donated a British “one penny” coin dated 1914.
In appreciation of her uncle Florent Vandewalle, Ida Louagie donated two photographs of Belgian soldiers, friends of her uncle's.
Henriette Gellynck and Annemie Deconinck donated some personal documents concerning three brothers, Louis, Désiré and Omer Loraine. Some photographs, obituary card, button cleaner and some letters.
Marielle Vanstreels donated several books concerning the Great War and some photographs belonging to the collections of her father and grandfather.
Denise Bruggeman donated a pair of engraved shells. The shells stood on the cupboard of her father Amedée as a keepsake. The shells are beautifully engraved and show the writing “Souvenir de guerre”.
Jacueline van den Enden donated several letters, photographs and documents of her uncle Jules, private of the 21st Linieregiment. This donation is an addition to earlier donated items of her uncle Frans, Jules’ brother.
Jack Sturiano donated an etching made by Charly Leonard in 1916. It portrays a Belgian soldier in a trench. Jack has already donated a number of books about the Great War in the past.
The Brems family donated a very interesting photo album and egodocuments of their father Joseph, private of the 3rd Regiment Karabiniers. The photo album contains several photographs of the Belgian sector (Loo, Boezinge, Merkem, Diksmuide, etc.).
Gilbert and Christiane Cornille, brother and sister, donate a frame of medals and several egodocuments belonging to their grandfather Jean-Baptiste Milleville. The frame can now be seen in the “Remembrance” showcase in the museum.
Marcel Deblauwe from Blankenberge donated some egodocuments (a 'croix de feu' card, deposit book, obituary card,...) of is father Oscar Deblauwe (13th Linieregiment) from Varsenare to the In Flanders Fields Museum.
Rik Calu from Kortrijk donates several egodocuments of his grandfather Victor Calu (1894-1997), 2nd Regiment Karabiniers. Victor Calu’s report has been added to the personal stories of the museum.
On the 16th of January 2012, Maureen Simpson from London (UK) donated a carved piece of wood that was found by Captain King in the ruins of Ypres. “From the ruins of the Ypres cathedral.1st World War 1914-18” is written on the back. This remarkable object will surely be shown in the museum in our thematic display “Ypres in ruins”.