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Belgian Refugees in Sawtry (1915)

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A family of Belgian refugees in Sawtry in 1915.

More than 250,000 Belgians were taken in by the UK at the start of WW1 as the German forces overwhelmed the Belgian defences. Appeals were put out for UK citizens to provide accommodation and huge numbers stepped forward in an effort to play their part in the conflict.