Updated : 18 March 2017

Herewith (in no particular order) some of the sources I use – a work in progress


Google!    Always worth simply searching for a name / address / keyword – you never know

National Archives Catalogue

Imperial War Museum


Find My Past

Belgian BMD Archives de l’Etat en Belgique

DeceasedOnline     Tunbridge Wells Burial records

British Newspaper Archive

Times Digital Online      Free access with Library membership (at home or in library)

Belgian War Press

The Tablet

Bibliotheque nationale de France – Digital Archive (French newspapers, documents etc)

International Red Cross Prisoners of War

VAD nurse records

Kelly’s Directories online www.historicaldirectories

European Network of Sacred Heart Schools


British Carillon Society

Belgian Genealogy and Heraldry

Belgian War Dead Register

IWM: Lives of the First World War

Delcampe  (A sort of ebay for collectors – documents, postcards, etc)

Herent and Wynegem Town websites


IN PERSON or via the Archivists

Belgium :

National Archives Brussels  :

I 420      Central Register War Refugees

T 476     Belgian Committee for Belgian Refugees in England

T 483     Misc. docs to do with Belgian Refugees in UK

T 530     Folkestone Belgian Consulate docs & archives

Brussels City Archives    Censuses and newspapers

Wynegem Local History Society Archives

UK :

National Archives, Kew, London

Imperial War Museum, London        Women’s War Work Archive; Diaries of Lady Matthews

Women’s Library @ LSE, London             Amelia Scott Collection

Sacred Heart Convent Archives – Barat House, University of Roehampton

Kent Archives, Maidstone

Tunbridge Wells Borough ArchivesBorough Council Minutes etc

King Charles the Martyr School Log Book (Tunbridge Wells Borough Archives)

Tunbridge Wells Advertiser    On microfilm in TW Library

Kelly’s Directories    In TW Library

Skinners School Tunbridge Wells – past school magazines (“the Leopard”)

Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammar School (formerly the County School for Girls) Archives

St Augustine’s Church Records

Kempsters Funeral Directors’ Tunbridge Wells Records


The Misses Scott Album from the Belgian Refugees (1916) – in the Women’s Library @ LSE

Folkestone during the war (1914-1919) – a record of the town’s life and work               Read the full text online

The Shock of War – Tunbridge Wells in the First World War  RTW Civic Society Local History Group (2014)

175 years of St Augustine’s     John Cunningham

Bandages and Benevolence : A History of the Tunbridge Wells Hospitals    John Weekes

Children’s novel Stranded in Belgium   May Wynne (1918)

Des belges a l’epreuve de l’exil. Les refugies de la premiere guerre mondiale.  France  Grande-Bretagne  Pays-Bas    Michael Amara (2008)

King Albert’s Book (1915)

A Book of Belgium’s Gratitude (1916)

Belgian Art in Exile (1916)

History of Wynegem Town Hall (in Flemish)

History of Meeus Distillery, Wynegem (in Flemish)

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