Belgian Refugees 1914
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Top: When German troops invaded Belgium in 1914 it precipitated Britain's entry into the conflict of First World War.
Belgium was a neutral country and quickly subjugated by the German forces, many horrific tales were spread about their treatment of Belgian civilians, much of it was propaganda.
Never the less, many Belgians fled to Britain as refugees, the group seen here had first been given quarters at Alexandra Palace in London.
They came to Yeadon in October 1914, the Waggon and Horses public house on Sandy Way had closed the previous year but was used to provide the visitors with accommodation.
Local people had given furnishings and other necessities to give the Belgians a comfortable home.
When they arrived in Yeadon they were welcomed by Councillor Robert Shaw on behalf of the people.
This photo was taken outside the Waggon and Horses.
Bottom: A group of Belgian Refugees who fled to England during the 1914-18 war. The
image is labelled "Belgian Guests and Committee", it is not clear what or who
the committee were for.
Some of the Belgians were housed in the old Waggon and
Horses Hotel on Sandy Way.
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