Visit from AustraliaDear members of WVL
On Monday September 10 we had another visit from Australia.
Nicholas Russell and his uncle Brendan Higgins, both relatives of Alex Jenkins, came touring in Linkhout, Zelem and the Hasselt cemetery for a day.
We would like to thank them for their visit and hope to welcome them again in the future.
Article about the 73rd commemoration of the Lancaster crashDear members of WVL
On February 21 we commemorated the Lancaster crash in LInkhout. U can read an article about this commemoration (in Dutch) here::
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We all wish you a healty and happy new year!
We look back at our eight year of War Visitors Linkhout with much pride and pleasure.
Our first event took place on February 25. With 37 members we visited the German cemetery in Lommel where guide Karsten told us about the cemetery and the people buried there.
At the secret execution cemetery in Hechtel our board member Anita and member Sven told us about the cemetery and the people that were buried there.
During the noon we had a lunch in the Cazern MKOK of Beverlo. After this meal we got a guided tour through the Cazern.
Finally Eddy and Sven told us about the bombardment of Beverlo during WWII and showed their work and research concerning one particular bomber that crashed in Beverlo.
From 2 until 7 May we visited the battlefields of one of the most famous battles during the Second World War: Normandy. A group of 17 persons was led around the battlefields by our guide Geert Van den Bogaert. The rest of the days we visited some museums and other historical places like the Pegasus Bridge and we stepped into the footsteps of the paratroopers that jumped over Normandy the night of 5-6 June 1944 in the D-Day Experience museum.
On July 25 we went to the movies to watch the film Dunkirk, a great movie about the evacuation of allied troops after Operation Dynamo in 1940.
On Sunday November 12 the annual ceremony at the Lancaster monument was being held along with the Armistice Day commemoration at the monument in the center of Linkhout and in the church.
Our last event of 2017 was a day trip to the Battice Fortress were we were guided around for 3 hours on and inside the fortress. Afterwards we went to the Henri-Chapelle American cemetery where Nick told us about his adoption graves and guide Frank Gubbels told us more about the cemetery and soldiers resting at the cemetery. Finally we visited the Remember '39-'45 museum in Thimister-Clermont. If you were unable to attend this event we highly recommend you to visit this museum
when your around.
We would like to thank everybody that was present during one or more events this year. We hope to welcome you again next year.
As always we have big plans again in 2018.
Our first event will take place on Wednesday February 21. That night we will commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the Lancaster crash. More information about this event will follow soon.
On Saturday February 24 we cross the border again. We go to the Netherlands were we will visit the German cemetery of Ysselsteyn. Over 31.000 victims are resting here, mainly WWII.
We then drive on to Overloon where we will visit the Overloon War Museum, the biggest WWII museum in the Netherlands where you can see the biggest collection of war time vehicles in the country.
We conclude the day at the National Monument Camp Vught. This was one of three German concentration camps in the Netherlands during WWII.
31 we will have our fourth Lancaster Liberation Party. This year it will be held at the soccer canteen in Linkhout.
In September we will do another big trip. We will visit England for 6 days. The correct day will be known soon. We're gonna learn about the Battle of Britain that took place from July 1940 until the end of October 1940 and was fought over the Channel and England.
We will also commemorate Armistice Day again. This year the ceremony will be held on November 10.
Finally we will do another day trip. On December 1
we will visit the area of the Lys where a guide will take us to the WW1 battlefields in this area.
For all information regarding our events, keep an eye on our website and Facebook. You can also subscribe on our newsletter.
The membership this year costs 10 Euro. This should be paid during the month of January 2018. The people who paid in January will be able to subscribe for the events first. If the event isn't full yet, other people can register too, after paying the membership. These events will be announced in time and we also let know the date when you can start registering. From this moment we work by the 'first come first serve' principle. If the event is full, you will be on the waiting list. The payment for the event should be done within 10 days, otherwise
the place will come free for someone else.
The membership for a supporting member is still 5 Euro.
You can deposit your membership on our new account BE73 7310 4459 9460 BIC KREDBEBB, please mention: member WVL 2018.
Thanks everyone and we hope to see you soon!
War Visitors Linkhout
Alex Jenkins passed awayDear members
It is with much sadness that we heard about Alex Jenkins passing away last night in Australia.
Alex Jenkins was 92 years old and lived in Orange, Australia. Alex became the leader of an international research team in the field of high temperature alloys, and was later appointed to foundation professor at the Sydney University. He retired in 1999 and enjoyed the rest of his life in Orange, Central West New South Wales, Australia with his lovely wife Pauline. Jenkins favorite hang out was his beautiful garden of which he spoke with much pride.
Alex and his crew were shot in February 1945 in their Lancaster bomber returning from a mission in Germany. They were surprised by a German fighter. His six crew members didn’t survive this attack, Jenkins landed with his parachute in Linkhout.
Jenkins returned to Linkhout several times. The last time was in May 2012, when he wanted to thank our War Visitors Linkhout personally for our efforts in keeping the memory of him and his crew alive. We are eager to keep on doing this as long as we can.
We will always remember their heroism, those who returned home, and those who didn’t. We are honored to have met you in Linkhout, Mr. Jenkins, and you will never be forgotten by us. I know you were very proud of us by continuing the memory, but not half as proud as we are of you and your comrades who came over and liberated us all. You are an example to all of us.
We would also like to thank the mayor and the municipality of Lummen for hanging the flag half-mast at the city hall.
Our sincere condolences to the family of Alex, especially his wife Pauline.
War Visitors Linkhout
DVD 70th commemoration Lancaster crash
Dear members of WVL
We still have some DVD's left from our 70th commemoration of the Lancaster crash.
You can order these by transferring 10 Euro on our account (IBAN: BE73 6528 1527 3160 BIC: HBKABE22XXX) with a notification (Name + Lanacaster DVD).
Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your order.