Jeanne Josephine Augusta Ghislaine Thirion

First NameJeanne
Middle NameJosephine Augusta Ghislaine
Last NameThirion née Van Ex
Date of birth02 June 1888
GenderFemale
Professionsinger
Family MembersMartha Anne Thirion (child), Aline Thérèse Clémence Dekeyser (sibling)
LanguagesFlemish, French
Arrival in the UKOctober 1914
Departure from the UKAugust 1917
NotesArrived in Faversham with her husband on 22nd October 1914. They were given a furnished house at 50 East Street, put at the disposal of the local relief committee by Mr. Harry Pover, togehter with another family from Louvain (Mrs. Thirion's sister and her husband). "Some of the refugees even participated to the cultural life in the town. In June 1915 the Faversham Institute Journal reported that the Faversham Philharmonic Society had performed Handel’s Messiah in the Parish Church on 6th May 1915. The soprano soloist was Mrs. Thirion, born Jeanne Van Ex, one of the Belgian refugees, who at home sang at the “Académie Louvaine”. Her association with the Society, and the circumstances which brought it about, will give to the performance historical interest in years to come. She had never seen a score of the Messiah till two or three weeks beforehand and in the circumstances her performance was truly astonishing. Her voice was distinguished by sweetness and range, and her singing delighted everyone, the reviewer wrote. At the close of the performance a collection was taken and as a result £17 11s 3d was to be shared by the Belgian Relief fund, the Mount Hospital, the Kent Heavy Battery Royal Artillery and the Cottage Hospital." (extract from "Belgian Refugees in Faversham in the Great War", P. Vandenabeele, Faversham Papers, 2014) 16.6.1915: moved from Faversham to Manchester August 1917: left for Le Havre in France
Belgian Addresses
  • Monseigneur Ladeuzeplein 5, Leuven, Belgium
UK Addresses
  • 50 East Street, Faversham, UK
  • Withington, Manchester, UK

Monseigneur Ladeuzeplein 5, Leuven, Belgium

50 East Street, Faversham, UK

Withington, Manchester, UK