Belgian Refugees

After initial support for the refugess, opinion shifted

Herts and Essex Observer Sept 1914
Herts and Essex Observer Sept 1914
Herts and Essex Observer Sept 1914
Belgian Refugee Committee proposal
Herts and Essex Observer Nov 1914
Belgian Refugees Committee proposal (Cont)
Herts and Essex Observer Nov 1914
Police Joint Standing Committee Report, Jan 1915
HALS Ref HCC 2/68
Hertfordshire Mercury, 06 Nov 1915

Look at the first the first three extracts from the Herts & Essex Observer. What was done in Bishop’s Stortford to help the Belgian refugees ?

From where were these efforts coordinated ?

What does this show you about attitudes to the Belgians’ situation at the start of the War ?

In the fourth item, what does Mr Ashwell suggest should be established and why ?

What were the concerns in relation to housing refugees ?

What was decided about the future of the proposed Belgian Refugee Committee ?

Now look at the Report of the Police Joint Standing Committee of January 1915. How many Belgians have been registered in the County ?

What are the police reminded to do ?

What are police also warned about and what does this reveal about how people think during times of war ?

Look at the last newspaper article. What has Jean Van Hoof been accused of ?

Who gave evidence and what did Van Hoof claim ?

Do you think that attitudes towards the Belgian refugees changed during the time they were in the UK ?

Can you find any evidence for this elsewhere ?

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