By the end of the war, 250,000 Belgians had come to the UK for safety, but it did not always work out that way.
Constant was born in Gent, Belgium on 25th Dec. 1888. His address on enlisting was Martelarenlaan 355, Gent.
Christened Joannes Francois Vermeulen and born on 13thJune 1892, JF Vermeulen was one of nine children, having 2 brothers and 6 sisters.
A fact that is not widely known is that a few hundred Belgian refugees found their way to mid-Cheshire in the first months of WWI.
Last week on 11th November, the University of Chester’s Dr. Hannah Ewence and Ann Marie Curtis of the St. Werburgh’s Great War Study Group, visited BBC Radio Merseyside to talk about the Belgian refugees and soldiers who lived, recovered, and died in Cheshire during the First World War.
This post features the biographies of a number of Belgian refugee families who resided in Nantwich during the First World War