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Helping the Quakers

Helping the Quakers help RefugeesEarly in 1915 the Quakers arrived in Holland to offer help to Belgian refugees, and suggested giving money. But Grace Vulliamy begged them instead to spend the money providing employment so that the refugees could help themselves, rather than exist on handouts while remaining idle. This was a principle she applied throughout her life. Shortly afterwards, she received a cable asking if she would organize the work if Quakers put up the money, and she agreed. Various Industries were started, such as making shoes, baskets, carpets, toys, and specialised embroidery work for women. Grace was involved in the provision of clothing for 3,000 refugees. The Dutch were at their wits end to provide accommodation for the refugees and here we see brick kilns being used as shelter. Gasterland Belgian Internment CampBrick Kilns Used as HomesUnder the guidance of the Quaker Fred Rowntree, male refugees made small portable wooden houses for their homes, paying a little weekly rent. And below, in the same camp, is an area named in honour of Grace Vulliamy. Gasterland Belgian Internment Camp. Vulliamy StreetIn April the Friends asked her to start a Hostel at Flushing so she used the Strand Hotel as a shelter for 70 better class people prior to embarkation while they waited for their passports to be processed. The work done by Miss Vulliamy and Mrs Enke there so impressed the wife of the Belgian Consul General for Holland, Madame Goffart, that she was anxious to continue it. She stayed in Flushing until April 1915 when owing to the submarine warfare transportation of civilians had largely diminished. Refugees sewing at a Refugee camp in Holland.Grace Vulliamy standing rear right.© Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Britainhttp://www.quaker.org.uk/library

Chapter 1: Introduction and Who was Grace Vulliamy and what kind of person was she?Chapter 2. Her war work – Women’s Emergency Corps.Chapter 3.‘Last lap from Nurse Cavell’ Grace, Edith Cavell and Escaped PrisonersChapter 5. Civilian Prisoner ExchangeChapter 6. Military Prisoner ExchangeChapter 7. Post-war WorkChapter 8. ConclusionHome Page