J. De Ridder

 

     

 

Notes

"The Bath at War" by Charles Beresford
In 1915 two Belgian refugees from Crich Mlle Anna De Ridder and M. Joseph Maes, were married by father Le Roy at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Matlock in April most of the 20 min ceremony was in Flemish, but the bride and bridegroom had learned sufficient English to be able to respond to the wedding questions in that language

Over 100,000 Belgian refugees arrived in the UK between August and October 1914. A report by Derbyshire County Council in January 1915 stated that there were 750 Belgian refugees situated in 61 parishes across the county. Some councellors thought this an underestimate as there were 150 alone in Chesterfield. The Derbyshire Belgium Refugee Committee disbanded on 23rd May 1919. The total numbr of refugees that had been provided with hospitality in the county was 2,229 and involved 84 local village and town committees.

Belgian Agents were Belgian civilians in British service, but not with a regiment. They were working for the War Office or the British GHQ. Actually they were spies: Belgian Intelligence agents. Together with the French and the Belgian GHQ there were about 7,000 of them. One agent in four was arrested by the Germans (about 27%). This is about 1,900 agents of whom 280 were shot by the Germans. This is 15% which is fairly high.

These agents worked together in networks. 60% of the spies who were shot were in British service. Ref: Belgian Agents

Over 100,000 Belgian refugees arrived in the UK between August and October 1914. A report by Derbyshire County Council in January 1915 stated that there were 750 Belgian refugees situated in sixty-one parishes across the county. Some councellors thought this an underestimate as there were one hundred and fifty alone in Chesterfield. The Derbyshire Belgium Refugee Committee disbanded on 23rd May 1919. The total numbr of refugees that had been provided with hospitality in the county was 2,229 and involved eighty-four local village and town committees.

It is purely an asumption that the J. de Ridder on the Roll of Honour is the Jules de Ridder in the Medal Roll Card Index.

Medal Roll Index
Jules Charles de Ridder, Belgian Agent awarded the British War Medal.

Photo courtesy private album

Belgian Refugees

The Maes and De Ridder families outside the Jovial Dutchman, Crich.
The familes were Belgian refugees.