The boys speak Flemish

Two Belgian refugee children started school in a Berkshire village. Like some of today’s young refugees, they struggled with the language.

Aldworth School, December 14th–18th 1914

Two of the Belgian Refugees were admitted into the school on Monday, Jack and Pierre de Decker, sons of Mr Louis de Decker, Diamond Polisher of Antwerp. The boys speak Flemish.

Pupils at Wescott Road School in Wokingham, meanwhile, helped with food for the Belgian refugees in their area:

December 14th 1914
The scholars have bought a good supply of vegetables for the Belgian refugees at Red Lodge, London Road.

Wokingham Wescott Road School Log Book (C/EL87, p. 147)

Aldworth School log book (C/EL54/2, p. 261)

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