Tribute to Marthe Janssen-Leyder: A Belgian War Heroine
Tribute to Marthe Janssen-Leyder: After the War
From this page you can access a large version of the group photo showing Marthe with her Secret Army helpers.
Tribute to Marthe Janssen-Leyder: Family Memories
Floral Tributes at the Funeral
Commemorative Plaque: Introduction and Church Service
Commemorative Plaque: The Unveiling Ceremony
Commemorative Plaque: Description of the Plaque
L'Histoire de la Plaque en Français
Les lettres de René Janssen
Marthe's husband sent us a vivid and touching description of the ceremonies in Eisden. (Written in French.)
Marthe's True Stories
Illustrations of the Secret Army Insignia and Similar Badges
[Courtesy of Monsieur Claude Marchal.]
A Map of Belgium, the Coat of Arms, and the National Anthem
I have inserted the approximate position of the village of Eisden on the map.
Newspaper Articles About Marthe
A Large Print Version of the Croydon Times of 23.11.46
Belgian Newspaper Article of 31st October 1950
Translated into English.
A Large Print Version of the Belgian Newspaper Article
(For those who wish to read the original Flemish text.)
Douglas Jennings' Story
Douglas is the young airman whose picture appeared in the Belgian newspaper article. For a long time, his identity was a mystery.
Douglas Jennings' Story : Conclusion
The Aircrew of Lancaster III LM 580 DX-L
A tribute to Doug's Pilot who died when his Lancaster Bomber crashed.
My Lancaster Bomber Pictures
Hubert Van Hecke
A short account of Lieutenant Hubert Van Hecke's discovery of a crashed Messerschmitt ME 108 in January 1940 and of some of his later activities in the Belgian Secret Army under German occupation.
Marthe's Signal Tune
Lyrics for Little Grey Home in the West
This is the song that Marthe Janssen-Leyder would sing or hum on her way through the woods near Eisden to draw out any allied airmen in hiding. You can print a copy of the sheet music from this page.
A World War One Parody of
Belgian Coal Industry
Eisden Coal Mines
Includes my photographs of the remaining headframes.
Some additional historical background information has been provided in the form of pop-up 'information' pages. If you could not access these, (and if you are interested), please follow the links below:
Links to Other Sites of Interest
Our Family History
The Leyder Family Tree
We have traced our ancestors back to 1698 when my Great Great Great Great Great Grandfather, Theodore Leyder, married Katharina Thiltges.
My Photo Album
This is a very small collection, mainly photographs of the Leyder Family Ancestors, starting with my Great Grandparents, (Marthe's Grandparents), whose pictures were taken sometime during the 1890's.
The Author's Corner
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