A Belgian historian has been in touch recently about the presence of Belgian refugees in Chard during the First World War. In particular the family of Charles Dooreman.
Charles was the son of Leopold Dooreman and Malvina De Clerck. Charles also had a sister Angela, and the family were living as refugees in Chard between 1914 and early 1919. They lived in the ‘The Brewery House’, and Charles attended a primary school to learn English. He looks taller and older than the other pupils in the photograph.
Do you recognise this school or the people in this photograph?
If you have any information about this photograph or Belgian refugees in Somerset during the First World War please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org