Maria Louisa De Schepper (born in 1881) fled from Niel to Folkestone via Ostend. She took her five children with her, including a few months-old baby and a nursemaid. They ended up in Scotland, in a house that was owned by the Johnnie Walker Distillery.
Johanna Maria Blockx (born on 25 October 1891 and died in 1972) and Jean-Jacques Lavèn (born on 23 January 1893 and died in 1942) both grew up in an Antwerp orphanage. The couple had just got engaged, when the country mobilized for war and Jean Jacques was sent to the front.
The grandmother of Michael Clapp, Mrs. Alice Graham Clapp, was involved in the reception of Belgian refugees in Exeter. One of these refugees intrigued her grandson in particular: Jacques Joseph Hamoir.