Belgian Priests at War

the Belgian Clergy on the Battlefield

"The men were looked after by the priests, splendid fellows who never seemed tired of doing all they could for the soldiers. One found the Belgian priest everywhere - in the trenches, in the hospitals, and in the trains - unobtrusive, always cheerful, always ready to help. From the brave Archbishop Mercier to the humblest village curé, regardless of their comfort and careless of their lives, they have stood by their people in the hour of their trial."

from 'A Surgeon in Belgium' (1915) by H.S.Souttar Surgeon


Priest assisting Belgian medical officer during an engagement.


Two Belgian priests on horseback with cavalry units.
The one on the left may look like one of Mosby's Confederate raiders, but he was from a previously peaceful Antwerp parish.


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