had hostels for single men and cottages for families
Birtley Belgians in Elisabethville
after World War I; below right, Thomas Wilson Club, Low Fell, Gateshead in 1974; bottom right, Saltwell Park lake in 1981
After the war Elisabethville
continued to be used as housing for local people and two properties are said to still stand today, while a nearby cemetery has a memorial remembering the Belgian soldiers.
This took them to France and later the men had the chance to come to Britain to help the war effort, which brought them to Elisabethville
16 January 1961: d'Aspremont Lynden, in a telegram to Elisabethville
, asking for Lumumba to be transferred to Katanga:
This took them to France then later they had the chance to come to Britain to help the war effort, which is how they ended up in Elisabethville
Run by volunteers, the Elisabethville
Friday Night club in Birtley, Gateshead, has helped reduce disorder in the area.
According to the Experts, by the end of October 1960, the Belgian Royal Palace already knew from that "circuit of information" that Mobutu had met with Tshombe in Elisabethville
on 16 October 1960 and that both men had agreed on Lumumba's "total neutralisation".
People of all ages headed to the 6th Elisabethville
Festival in Birtley, Gateshead, yesterday.
in the centre of Birtley, Gateshead, was home to 4,000 Belgians during the First World War.
Belgians Make Bombs will focus on the Belgian First World War colony that existed at Elisabethville
, in Birtley, Gateshead, and James Pasby, from the North East War Memorials Project will give talk about where to start tracing your military ancestors.
in Birtley, Gateshead, was home to First World War Belgian soldiers who worked in the local munitions factory.