Irma Maria Ludovica Heinen

First NameIrma
Middle NameMaria Ludovica
Last NameHeinen née Schoepen
Date of birth28 August 1898
ProfessionMy grandmother, Irma, came to England when she was 16 years old. She was accompanied by her mother, Maria Theresia Lodewiijk, and her brother Leon. They were evacuated in 1914 and settled in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, After the armaments factory was built by 2 Belgian refugees Jacque Kryn and his brother George, Irma began working there as a munitionette making armaments for the english troops. While working there she met her future husband George Julien Francois Heinen. They were married in Letchworth when she was 19yrs old at the Church of St Hugh of Lincoln, Letchworth.
Arrival in the UK1914
Departure from the UK1919
NotesThe people of Letchworth were very welcoming of the Belgian refugees. They had accommodation in a certain are of Letchworth which was later known as 'Little Antwerp'. A lot of my family history information was taken from the book called Letchworth Garden City by Mervyn Miller. I took part in a short film to commemorate the end of the first world war, featuring my grandmother details of which can be obtained from Carol Smith.
Belgian Addresses
  • Antwerp, Belgium
UK Addresses
  • Unnamed Road, Hitchin SG4, UK

Antwerp, Belgium

Unnamed Road, Hitchin SG4, UK