|General de Krahe was one of the most beloved commanders of Infantry School. He was also one of the founders of the glorious ‘Grenswielrijdersbataljon’ (Border Cyclists Battalion).|
|Gérard Mathieu Joseph Georges Leman was born in Liège on January 8 1851 and died there on October 17 1920.|
During his military career as an officer, he was the taskmaster of His Majesty King I. He was responsible of the military education of the King.
During World War I he was the commander of the forts of Liège. He was determined to stop and delay the German push as long as possible.
In the build-up to this worldconflict he had over 18.000 workers, from the region of the sparkling city, working on the defence. For these works he got a warning finger on a ministerial level, because he caused the Belgian neutrality to end up.
‘In case of war this land will be extremely grateful, shouldn’t there be one you can get my stars’ was his laconic answer.
The forts proved their usefulness and could only be conquered due to the use of Big Bertha. During this battle General Leman got injured and was pulled, unconscious, from under the debris of the fort of Loncin and got imprisoned. He would stay in German until the end of the war.
Again his determintation drove him to demanding that in the report of his captivity it was mentioned that he hadn’t surrended, but was brought unconsciousness into captivity.
By his return into Liège he was received as a true hero.
|Georges Lemmens was alderman in 1881. He was killed in 1918 on the battlefield of de Panne, where he served as a volunteer with the Carabiniers.|
|Guido Gezelle (Bruges May 1 1830 – Bruges November 27 1899) Belgian Dutch-speaking writer. He was one of the most important figures of the modern lyrics. He grew up as a gardeners son in a country side near Bruges. He carried inside of him the contradictory features of his cheerful, well-spoken father and his introvert, hyper-sensitive and scrupulous devouted mother. In 1854 he became a priest, ordained and appointed teacher in the minor-seminary of Roeselare, where he as a semi-paying pupil, burdened with porter service and groceries , made it through the higher humanityclasses (1846–1849) and where he had cherished the (never forfilled) dream of becoming a missionary in Great Britain.|
|Hendrik Conscience (Antwerp December 3, 1812 – Elsene September 10 1883) was a Belgian Dutch-speaking writer. He became internationally famous.|
|Henri Van Gompel was born in Leopoldsburg on November 3, 1919. He died of typhoid in the Czech concentration camp ‘Theresienstadt’ on May 10, 1945.|
|Herman Bijnens was the second mayor of Leopoldsburg (08/08/1872 tot 18/05/1873).|
He was born on September 11, 1831 and died on May 18, 1873.
|Serafien Jacolet was born in Diest on January 27, 1822. She remained unmarried and became 95-years old.|
She, daughter of an family of small businessmen of Diest which settled down in Leopoldsburg, gave all her properties of Leopoldsburg to The Commission of Public Support after a dispute about a will.
For this welcome donation the villgae showed its gratitude in 1917 by naming a street after her.
Serafien left the village about five houses and 6 acres of ground.
Two houses in the Koningsstraat, a house on the Koning Albertplein (the former tax-collector’s office); an other house on the same square and a farm-house with surrounding grounds. The value of the total of properties was at that time estimated at 46.650 belgian franks. She never lived in Leopoldsburg herself.
|Oscar Jespers, born in Borgerhout on May 22 1887 and deceased in Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe on December 1 1970, was a belgian sculptor. He was the brother of the painter Floris Jespers and went to the Academy and the Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp. In 1927 he settled in Brussels and became teacher at the Hoger Instituut voor Architectuur en Sierkunsten (Ter Kameren, Brussels). From 1949 to 1957 he was teaching in the Jan van Eyckacademie in Maastricht and in 1961 host teacher at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He made his debut as impressionist and went through a cubist period from 1914 to 1918. From 1920 on he was an important pioneer of the flemish expressionism. Finally he turned back to a model that was more conciliated with nature. Jespers’ work can be found in the Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België in Brussels, the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten and the Openluchtmuseum voor Beeldhouwkunst Middelheim, both in Antwerp, the Museum of Modern Art in New York.|