Belgian refugee family

Image ID: 00816

Belgian refugee family

Date: c1915

Although the people in this photograph are not named, they are believed to have been another family of BeIgian refugees who would have arrived in Ripon in 1914, shortly after the outbreak of the First World War. In 1914, following an article in the Ripon Gazette drawing attention to the plight of Belgian refugees, a committee was set up to organise accomodation in Ripon, alongside a series of fund-raising events as part of the Mayor's Relief Fund. An appeal was made for housing, with families generously opening their homes and to accommodate guests in Stonebridgegate, Skellgate, St Wilfrid's Terrace, Coltsgate Hill and a home in Park Street for wounded Belgian soldiers. Others found homes in surrounding villages, and by November 1914 Ripon had welcomed 21 refugees consisting of four married couples, ten children and three single men. A second appplication saw a further twenty eight refuguees offered accomodation.

Courtesy of Unknown

Category: Educational, Emergency Services, Military, People, Recently Added, Added October 2018, Children, First World War, Group Photographs, Health and Welfare

Organisation Reference: C2308

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