|Cowan. Greig, Louisa and Yvonne Deloge and
Alfred JONES had been existing in
Brussels helped by Marie DARMONT-COLLET, the DELOGE's and many of their
friends. Soon he was again in immanent danger of re-capture so had gone
back to hide outside Brussels with the D'HAESELEER family, mother,
father, daughter seventeen year old Elsa and fourteen year old son.
Alfred stayed there for about three months. The family didn't help in
the underground movement but gave Alfred food and shelter because they
belonged to the village where he had originally escaped.
Joseph De Backer had taken Joseph Dixey and Jimmy Clark to the house of the Gillard family. the Gillards were arrested on the 18th May 1941 while the British soldiers hid in the cellar.
On the 6th August the British soldiers Louis Green and Thomas Taylor were arrested at the house of a man called van Lesucourt, another man Carlo De Groot was also arrested and photographs of Louis Green dressed up as Hitler were found. On the 14 August Corporal Enoch BETTLEY and Private Samuel SLAVIN were recaptured at the house of Madam Augusta MARIOUX and her daughter in Rue Bogier, Scharbeek and taken to St.Gilles prison. They were kept there for sixteen days, interrogated and beaten daily. They were then sent to POW Camp in Germany. The D'Looge family in Paricke were surprised to receive a letter from them from the camp some time later. On the same day the GFP raided Marie Le Gal's house in the rue Alsembourg and found RAF Polish pilot Szczepan Scibior. Slavin, Bettley and Scibior were all suspected of espionage and an investigation took place
Marie DARMONT-COLLET and her son Jean DARMONT were arrested on the 3rd September. Francois STRENS and Elise AUSSELOOS on the ninth of September.
On the 13th September Louisa DELOGE was arrested and taken to the Geheime Feldpolizei (Germany's 'plain clothes' military police) building in the Rue Traversiere in Brussels. On the same day or two days later her sister Yvonne was arrested and also taken to the Rue Traversiere.
On the 25th September 1941 the
Geheime Feldpolizei raided the house of Madame Duchenne at Rue
Sans-Souci Ixelles where McCUBBIN was staying. He tried to get away but
as he ran out of the house he was held by a passer-by who thought he
was a thief and shot three times by the persuing Germans, fell and
fractured his shoulder. Madame Duchene and her daughter Florence were
arrested and taken to St. Gilles prison. McCubbin was taken to the
Belgian Military Hospital and then the St.Pierre Hospital and later
also to St.Gilles Prison.
Bobby Conville and Allan Cowan were on their way to Rue Sans-Souci from having their passport photos taken at the Bon Marche where Yvonne Deloge worked. As they arrived at the street, neighbours warned them what had happened to their colleague and they were able to get away
On the 28th September or the 1st
October a red headed English or Irish infiltrator was spotted outside
VANDENHOVE's house in Rue ********** where LANGLOIS COPLEY and the
Scottish soldier AHEARN were hiding. On the morning of the next day
there was a terrific thumping on the door, the men looked out and saw
three cars, the Geheime Feldpolizei were raiding the house.The evaders
leaned out from the 3rd floor right window to see German soldiers
lining the street and heard them attacking the front door with rifle
butts. The outer door was strongly built, it took quite an effort for
the Germans to break through and gave them time to make their escape.
As the door was smashed in LANGLOIS, COPLEY and AHEARN grabbed their
clothes and rushed down to the basement. Vandenhove had built a tunnel
from the kitchen to the main sewer in the street. Two days previously
he had checked that the exit from the sewer through a manhole in the
street was free but when the three evaders tried to lift the manhole
they were unable to move it. They were forced to stay in the sewer.
Meanwhile back in the house Vandenhove had already been arrested, their
hiding place was given away by the family dog they had befriended. The
Germans shot the dog and the airmen and soldier were trapped in the
sewer for seven hours before they had to return to the kitchen and give
On 3rd October 1941 Marceline DELOGE left her home in Rue General Capiaumont and went to enquire with the German authorities about the whereabouts of her two missing daughters. She was arrested at the Rue Traversiere GFP HQ, held for questioning and then taken to the main Brussels' prison of St Gilles where her daughters were already being held.
The arrests continued Alice de WERGIFOSSE on the fifteenth of October,Professor Jean-Marie Derscheid at sometime in October, Welsh Corporal Alfred JONES was taken while playing cards on the twenty-eighth.
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