Irma Vandenabeele

First NameIrma
Middle Name
Last NameVandenabeele née Depoot
Date of birth10 January 1876
GenderFemale
ProfessionHousewife
Family MembersAnna Vandenabeele (child), Julien Vandenabeele (child), Adolf Vandenabeele (child), Maria Vandenabeele (child), Ernest Vandenabeele (child)
LanguagesFrench, Flemish
Arrival in the UK17 October 1914
NotesFled from Nieuwpoort, the Belgian coastal town which was threatened by the German army together with her 5 kids and other family members in a fishing boat to Gravelines. Train to Calais and ferry to Folkestone. Her husband was abroad in Persia during the whole war and could not reach his family nor send any money. At first, Irma was hosted in Faversham with her five kids by Captain Alfred Smith, 10 Queen's Road, Faversham. At the end of November 1914, the family moved into a house of their own, procured by the local relief committee (The Belgian Refugees in Faversham Relief Society, presided by solicitor Arthur Smith), 17 Stone Street Faversham. No known employment for Irma during the war, as she had five children to take care of. The family was mainly supported by the local relief committeee. 24.10.1917: moved to Hastings. Anna, the eldest daughter, had entered domestic service there. Return to Belgium probably 1919, but no evidence found. Imperial War Museum, collection Women, War & Society 1914-1918 The Faversham News, November 21, 1914 Central Register of War Refugees, National Archives, Brussels, Belgium petervandenabeele6@gmail.com
Belgian Addresses
  • Nieuwpoort, Belgium
  • Calais Ferry Terminal, Calais, France
UK Addresses
  • Folkestone, UK
  • 10 Queen's Road, Faversham, UK
  • 17 Stone Street, Faversham, UK
  • 21 Milward Road, Hastings, UK

Nieuwpoort, Belgium

Calais Ferry Terminal, Calais, France

Folkestone, UK

10 Queen's Road, Faversham, UK

17 Stone Street, Faversham, UK

21 Milward Road, Hastings, UK