Dear Friend of Flanders,

In view of the COVID-19-situation, you will find more detailed information on following website. For the latest travel advice to our country, please consult your local authorities.

If you are travelling within the European Union, you no longer need to complete a Passenger Locator Form.

If you are travelling to Flanders by plane, boat, bus or train and you are travelling from a third country that is not on the white list of European Union, you will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form within 6 months before your arrival in Belgium.

You can find all the information on the official website.

Take good care of yourself and each other and keep it safe and healthy.

We hope to welcome you again soon, with twice the heart, love and hospitality.

Please see this infographic for travel information between the UK and Belgium

Warm regards,

Nellie Spindler ©LijssenthoekArchives

Nellie Spindler was born in Wakefield, a small city in Yorkshire, England. She’s the eldest daughter of George and Elizabeth, has two younger sisters, Lillie and Mary, and a brother, Edward. Her father is a police sergeant. Nellie is educated as a nurse in the Leeds Hospital. From November 1915 she works as a nurse in the military hospital of Lichfield, a town in the West Midlands.

Nellie Spindler ©Lijssenthoekarchives

In May 1915, she left for the front line. She became a staff nurse in No.44 Casualty Clearing Station (CCS), an evacuation hospital that at that time was located in Brandhoek, a township near Poperinge, beside the road to Ypres. There were strong objections to Brandhoek as a hospital location. It was too close to the front line and was, moreover, surrounded by ammunition and supply depots. Not a very tranquil location, in other words. 

The incessant clamour of bombardments didn’t help the patients’ mood either, while the nearby depots were obvious targets. On 21 August 1917 Brandhoek was hit by German artillery shells. Nellie Spindler was hit by a schrapnel and died that same day. After the bombardment Brandhoek was evacuated. The 321 patients and the body of Nellie Spindler were transported to Lijssenthoek, where it was placed in the mortuary. The next day, Nellie Spindler was buried with full military honours. Her fellow nurses, meanwhile, were on their way to Saint-Omer.

She is the only woman buried between more than 10,800 men at Lijssenthoek Cemetery.

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