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On 4 August 1914 the Germany Army invaded Belgium.  Many thousands of refugees moved from the provinces to Antwerp for safety.   This was shortlived and over one million people fled the country, to the Netherlands, France and Britain.

 

Otley responded immediately to national government appeals and over the course of the war welcomed a number of Belgian refugees into the town, providing homes, food, money and clothing and jobs.

 

Photograph shows Yvonne van den Broeck, a Belgian child who came to the town with her parents, sister and two brothers.

 

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Belgian Refugees

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