Laure Vanderstichele

First NameLaure
Middle Name
Last NameVanderstichele née Engels
Date of birth04 August 1871
GenderFemale
ProfessionDressmaker
Family MembersPaule Laure Vanderstichele (child), Madeleine Juliette Vanderstichele (child)
LanguagesFrench, English
Arrival in the UKJanuary 1915
NotesFrom a letter written to her parents in February 1915 held by the Imperial War Museum, Private Papers of Mrs L Van der Stichele, Documents.15338. "Collection of papers documenting the experience of her and her two eldest daughters as Belgian refugees in London during the First World War, including: an ms letter (33pp, written February 1915) in French with ts English translation (15pp) from her to her parents in Brussels, describing the journey from Belgium to Holland (January 1915), after tricking the Germans in to allowing them to leave to visit her supposedly dying husband in Amsterdam, being escorted by three Brazilian men and an Italian who were also leaving Belgium, the voyage from Flushing to Folkestone in the UK, the sea-sickness on the journey which was her first sea voyage, the expenses on the journey, the assistance from Refugee Committees in the UK, settling down to life in England and the strange food and customs she encountered, her daughters Paule and Madeleine being taken in by a doctor's wife, Mrs Lister, in a luxurious house in Devonshire Place, London, while waiting to study at Bedford College for women in London, her own accommodation with an elderly lady, Miss Fawcett, and her servants, and missing her five year old daughter Luce who she had left with her grandparents in Belgium; 10 photographs of herself and her family, including Paule and Madeleine studying at Bedford College; her Provisional Certificate of Belgian Nationality issued by the Belgian Consular Office in London (October 1918); her Aliens Order, 1920, Certificate of Registration; her certificate of registration/identification card for South Africa dated 1940 when she went to stay with Paule during the Second World War; an ms diary (18pp) written by her daughter, Madeleine, dated 1940 describing daily life in Surbiton; and a ts narrative (7pp, written 1995) written by her granddaughter, Shirley, describing the life of her grandmother, mother, and aunts, based on the 1915 letter and family knowledge." Added by Simon Offord
Belgian Addresses
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Flushing, Netherlands
UK Addresses
  • Folkestone, UK
  • 17 Lyndhurst Road, Hampstead, London, UK

Brussels, Belgium

Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Flushing, Netherlands

Folkestone, UK

17 Lyndhurst Road, Hampstead, London, UK