PART  4.

AS THE TITLE STATES THIS PART  DEALS WITH ,THE IMFAMOUS "MOERBEKE" AFFAIR,

AND CONTINUES WITH THE AFTERMATH OF THE BATTLE FOR ANTWERP

AND INTERNMENT IN HOLLAND.........

ON THE RIGHT IS AN EXCERPT FROM AN ADMIRALTY REPORT

DATEDTHE 5th OF DECEMBER 1914,

AND MENTIONS MOERBEKE,

AND THE CONFUSION THAT WAS APPARENT IN THAT AREA

ON THE RIGHT IS A REPORT FROM THE TIMES NEWSPAPER FROM THAT TIME

THE MOERBEKE AFFAIR.

A LOT HAS BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED ON THAT FATEFUL DAY,I DONT INTEND TO ADD TO THAT,

SUFFICE FOR A BRIEF  PARAGRAPH,

THERE ARE VARIOUS REPORTS , BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY  WHAT HAPPENED,

WAS AFTER A STRUGGLE  WITH A GERMAN SOLDIER TRYING TO SHOOT LT CMDR HANSENS MEN , AS THEY WERE TRYING TO ESCAPE , HE WAS TAKEN PRISONER,

AND  EXECUTED BY " GERMAN FIRING SQUAD " ON THE 10th of NOVEMBER 1914,

EVEN AFTER  COMMODORE HENDERSONS INTERVENTION,,

THE REASON GIVEN  " WHAT HE DID  WAS AGAINSTED GERMAN MILITARY CODE!"

HE IS BURIED AT THE DENDERMONDE COMMUNAL CEMETERY AND EXTENSION

Grave Location: 13



ON THE RIGHT ARE BOTH SIDES OF LT COMMANDER HANSONS SERVICE CARD

I AM INDEBTED TO NIKO VAN KERKHOVEN, FOR THE PHOTO OF THE RAILWAY STATION ,

SEEN BELOW,

AND FOR  A MEMBER OF HIS FAMILY AND THEIR 4 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER,

THE LITTLE GIRL NOT ONLY CHOSE THE POTS OF FLOWERS ,

BUT WITH HER MUM PLACED THEM ON LT CMDR HANSONS GRAVE, ON THE RIGHT,

ALL BECAUSE I  COULDNT GET THERE MY SELF ,

THANK YOU BOTH .

LT COMMANDER HANSONS MURDER SHOWS THE UTTER BARBARITYOF WAR,

HE WAS TRYING TO SAVE HIS MEN ,

AND PAID DEARLY FOR IT.

NOW PEOPLE SAY THAT OUR SIDE WERE LIONS LED BY DONKEYS,

THAT IS NOT TRUE IF IT WAS ? THEN WHEN EARL HAIG DIED,

WHY WAS HIS FUNERIAL ROUTE LINED BY EX SERVICE MEN?

WHAT 21ST CENTURY  PEOPLE  DONT REALISE IS THAT THE WAY WARS WERE FOUGHT  BACK THEN,

BEFORE THE ADVENT OF RELLIABLE MACHINE GUNS , AND MECHANISED INDUSTRIAL WARFARE,

NO GENERAL WANTS TO SEND MEN TO THEIR DEATHS,

AND THE HIGHER UP THE CHAIN OF COMMAND IT DOESNT GET ANY EASYIER,

IT WAS A HEAVY BURDON FOR ANY MAN TO TAKE ON.

I HELD LT COMMANDER HANSONS SERVICE CARD IN MY TREMBLING HANDS,

IT WAS A VERY MOVING EXPERIENCE .

THIS IS PART OF THE REASON I DO MY WEBSITE ,

SO PEOPLE DONT FORGET THEIR SACRIFICES ,

AND REMEMBER THESE BRAVE SOULS...................








THE SELECTION OF IMAGES BELOW SHOW,

THE RABENHAUPT ARMY BARRACKS ,THE LADS WERE BILLITED IN IN GRONINGEN,

BEFORE THE NEW CAMP WAS BUILT,

BEHIND WHAT WAS THEN THE TOWN GAOL.

IT ALSO SHOWS THE LADS IN FRONT OF THE BARRACKS AND THE LOCALS LOOKING AT THEM THROUGH THE RAILINGS,

THEY MUST HAVE WONDERED HOW THEY WOULD TAKE TO INCARSERATION.

THIS IS AN INTERESTING DOCUMENT,

BELOW ,

DATED DECEMBER THE  5th 1914

AND GIVES A CLEARER PICTURE OF HOW AND WHY 1500,

MEN ENDED UP IN INTERNMENT IN HOLLAND

I HAD NEVER SEEN THIS DOCUMENT BEFORE ,

A FEW WEEKS AGO,

ON THE LEFT IS A

PAGE FROM A WW1

PERIOD TRAVEL

GUIDE.

ON THE RIGHT THE  OLD GAOL

ENTRANCE AS IT IS TODAY

THE NEXT SET OF IMAGES BELOW  ARE  RARE THEY SHOW A CHRISTMAS CARD  FROM,

O.S    W . ANDERSON NUMBER  T/3206 COLLINGWOOD BATTALION,

THEY SHOW  THE CARD FRONT DATED CHRISTMAS 1914



THE INSIDE OF THE CARD, AND ON THE RIGHT OF THE SAME IMAGE, IT SHOWS THE RABENHAUPT BARRACKS, 

THEN  THE NEXT 3 IMAGES ,   THE FIRST SHOWING WILLIAM  WITH HIS OPPOS ,

IVE ADDED A YELLOW ARROW TO SHOW HIM ,THE NEXT SHOWS HIM 4TH IN FROM THE LEFT.

KNITTING, WITH HIS OPPOS, IF YOU NEEDED SOCKS AND SCARVES ETC YOU HAD TO MAKE THEM YOURSELF!,

THE LAST IMAGE SHOWS HIM QUITE CLEARLY ON THE LEFT,

THIS  SHOWS THEY WERE TREATED WELL AND IN THE EVENT SUFFERED THE SAME PRIVATIONS AS THE DUTCH POPULATION .