Glasgow City Archives holds the records of Glasgow Corporation’s Office for Belgian Refugees, 1914-1919. The Glasgow Corporation was appointed as the distributing centre for Scotland for Belgians escaping the German invasion of their country.
The records include several lists relating to 8,000 Belgian refugees to Scotland, 1914-1915 (ref: D-CA12/2-4) as well as a record of the burial place of Belgian refugees who died in Scotland, 1914-1919 (ref: D-CA12/1).
The information on the lists varies, but generally you will find the following:
- address in Belgium
Additional information may include:
- relationship between refugees
- their date of arrival
- address in Britain
- marital status
School admission registers are also a useful source of information as local authorities were responsible for educating the children of Belgian refugees.