“We heard from those who had crossed that sea. One was a ship’s pilot who brought 88 refugees in a boat that usually takes 15 passengers. A fishing boat for 10 men brought 56 passengers. One refugee ship foundered in the channel, but nearly all were rescued.”
Syrian refugees fleeing to Lesbos? No, Belgians fleeing the devastation of their country in 1914.
In 1914 these refugees were welcomed in England. Towns mobilised to house, clothe and feed them. Even small villages took in a family.
The treatment of refugees is one of the themes in a show I’m putting on in Hertford on Saturday 21 November.
From a Time of War
Saturday 21st November 2015
St Andrew’s Church, Hertford
7.30pm – 9.30pm (doors open 7pm)
An evening of readings and songs, expressing the dreams and reality, hopes, fears and frustrations of those who experienced the First World War, at home in Hertford and at the Front.
WW1 themed raffle
Tickets from St Andrew’s: 01992 504373 firstname.lastname@example.org
or from Hertford Tourist Office: 01992 584322