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BerichtGeplaatst: 02 Nov 2005 23:21    Onderwerp: Patrick Fowler, De soldaat in de kast Reageer met quote

Op een ander Nederlandstalig forum waar ook een beetje de Eerste Wereldoorlog wordt behandeld staat al enige tijd, sinds 27 augustus, de volgende vraag open:

In het boek 'Storm over Vlaanderen' van Winston Groom staat op pagina 39 de volgende opzienbarende informatie te lezen :

'Een Britse cavalerist ontdekte nabij Cambrai dat hij van zijn legeronderdeel was afgesneden en zich achter de vijandelijke linies bevond. Een Franse familie nam hem in huis en verstopte hem in een kast, waarin hij vier jaar lang, tot vlak voor het einde van de oorlog bivakkeerde, zelfs toen er Duitse soldaten ingekwartierd lagen in het huis.'
Noot op blz. 296 : 'De kast is te bezichtigen in het Imperial War Museum in Londen'.

Wat is de naam van deze soldaat?
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BerichtGeplaatst: 02 Nov 2005 23:26    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Zo! Dan zal die vraag wel heel moelijk zijn als die al zolang openstaat!
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BerichtGeplaatst: 02 Nov 2005 23:28    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Moet achter te komen zijn.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 02 Nov 2005 23:29    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Ik geef jullie maximaal een week !
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BerichtGeplaatst: 02 Nov 2005 23:30    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Google: 'Cambrai' en 'Hidden soldier'
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BerichtGeplaatst: 02 Nov 2005 23:33    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Geeft als eerste hit:

http://www.unison.ie/irish_independent/stories.php3?ti=41&ca=9&si=215853&issue_id=2305
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The extraordinary story of an Irishman who spent most of World War I hiding from German soldiers in a French farmhouse is to begin filming in the autumn.
Scottish actor Robert Carlyle, who starred in Angela's Ashes, is being tipped to play the role of Dublin-born Patrick Fowler who hid in a cupboard for almost four years.
He became separated from his British army regiment after a battle in 1914. He survived in the woods for several months near the town of Cambrai, beside the Belgian border, before being found by a man who took him to his mother-in-law's home nearby.
Pte Fowler spent almost four years huddled motionless in the cupboard off a sitting room in the farmhouse, his eyes fixed on the German officers who had commandeered the property.
Only at night while the Germans slept upstairs could he move from his cramped hiding place to eat with Angele Belmont Gobert and her daughter who were helping him.
The Irish soldier's tale first came to light 1927, after two investigators travelled to the village of Bertry in northern France on the advice of Brig Gen Edward Spears, commanding officer of the 11th Hussars, the light cavalry regiment to which Pte Fowler belonged.
His granddaughter Edith Cook (55), of Forres in northern Scotland, is delighted the story is to be filmed. ``My grandfather's experience, coupled with the bravery and selflessness of the two French women, makes for a wonderful story,'' she said.
``As a child, my late mother Norah would often tell me about how grandad had to hide in the cupboard, but it was when I was older and saw the actual cupboard at the regimental museum in Hampshire that the full extent of his situation really hit home to me.
``It was a lot smaller than I had imagined. He would have had to bunch his knees up to his chest and remain like that for hours on end,'' she added.
Just before the German defeat, news spread around the village that another hidden soldier had been found and shot, so the widow and her daughter decided to move Pte Fowler to a safer place.
Under cover of darkness and disguised as a woman, he was taken to a hole under a barn, where he was to remain for the next month, until finally being freed by British troops who liberated the village on October 10, 1918.
Producer Bill Shepherd is the man behind the £3m project which will be shot at Shepperton Studios in Middlesex and on location in France.
After the war, Patrick Fowler took up a post on the 8,400-acre Glenernie Estate, 30 miles east of Inverness, in the Scottish Highlands where he lived with his wife and three daughters.
He died in 1964, aged 90.
By JOHN DEVINE and CHRIS GLENNON


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BerichtGeplaatst: 02 Nov 2005 23:39    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Ik verwachtte julie wel sneller dan twee maanden. Maar omdat het hun ook niet gelukt was, wilde ik julie toch wat extra tijd geven. puh
Het leek daar toch echt een moeilijke vraag te zijn.

Fowler is correct.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 02 Nov 2005 23:47    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Buitengewoon intrigerend verhaal. Is er meer over bekend?
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BerichtGeplaatst: 03 Nov 2005 6:40    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Die man heeft dubbel geluk gehad. Als de Engelsen hem gevonden hadden was hij denk ik toch ook tegen de muur gezet voor desertie.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 03 Nov 2005 14:21    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Nou, geluk...vier jaar in een kast leven? Denk dat ik dan nog liever in een krijgsgevangenenkamp zit...
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BerichtGeplaatst: 20 Nov 2005 9:53    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Soldier who spent four years in a cupboard
By Nicole Martin and Michael Burke

THE story of a French widow who risked her life by hiding a British Army soldier in a cupboard for nearly four years during the First World War is to be made into a film.

Robert Carlyle is tipped to play the lead role of Patrick Fowler, a trooper in the 11th Hussars who was sheltered and fed by Marie Belmont-Gobert and her 20-year-old daughter, Angèle, while their farmhouse was occupied by 20 German officers.

Fowler's plight was first revealed by The Daily Telegraph in Feb 1927 after two reporters travelled to the village of Bertry in northern France on the advice of Brig Gen Sir Edward Spears of the 11th Hussars.

Their reports described how Fowler, an Irishman who had become detached from his regiment during fighting at the battle of Le Cateau in 1914, was found in the woods by the widow's son-in-law and brought to her home.

He spent almost four years sitting motionless in the living room cupboard, staring through the keyhole at the Germans in the same room. At night, he would creep out from the armoire to stretch his limbs and eat with the French women while the Germans slept upstairs.

Detection by the Germans would have meant almost certain death. Cpl Herbert Hull, of the same regiment, was shot in 1915 after he was discovered in the same village, hiding in the roof of a garden shed. Marie Louise Cardon, the shed's owner, was condemned to death but her sentence was commuted to one of imprisonment in Germany, separating her from her three children.

Fowler's suffering and the women's courage provoked an enormous response from the newspaper's readers, with entire pages devoted to letters urging people to contribute to a fund set up for the impoverished family by Lord Burnham, then owner of The Daily Telegraph.

It was the "selflessness and bravery" of the women that prompted the producer Bill Shepherd to turn their story into a £3.1 million film, Close Quarters, that will be made at Shepperton Studios in Middlesex and on location in France. Mr Shepherd, whose previous films include Mrs Dalloway, described the tale as "a celebration of the human spirit".

He said: "I like making films based on stories that inspire and lift people. The first time I heard about this amazing bravery by a widow and her daughter, who risked their lives by the hour for four years, I could hardly believe it was true. The Daily Telegraph did a great deal of work to bring their case to the attention of the world and one of the most touching aspects is that when the journalists tracked down the house, the armoire was in exactly the same place."

Although the cast has not yet been finalised, he said that the actresses Anna Galiena and Jeanne Moreau were among those tipped to play the widow, while the actress Romaine Bohringer was being considered for the role of Angèle.

Allan Bardsley, a producer of drama documentaries who will work as the film's associate producer, first came across the story while working on a programme in Newcastle. He said the film was based on "ordinary people caught up in a terrible conflict".

"This is a story which is not only about war. It is about the human condition and what excited us was that the sentiments behind it are applicable to any situation where people suffer," he said. "Behind the drama there is a very disturbing story about courage, bravery and selfless devotion. In the end how many people would put their lives at risk to protect two unknown men knowing that if they had been caught their own families would be killed?"

The women were eventually awarded the OBE and given a reception by the Lord Mayor of London at which they were presented with £3,400 donated by the readers of The Daily Telegraph.

The women described the daily risks they took. When news spread in Bertry that another soldier in hiding had been discovered and killed, they decided that Fowler had to be moved. In the disguise of a woman, he was taken during the night to a hole under a barn, which was to be his home for the next month.

"Patrick had a beard so you will understand how frightened mother and I felt about his removal," Angèle told the reporter. "It was, however, a nasty dark night when they went out and Patrick had the shawl pulled well over his face."

The soldier was freed on Oct 10, 1918, when British troops entered the village. He later took up a post in Scotland and died aged 90 in 1964. Mme Belmont-Gobert moved to St Quentin after interest in her bravery had diminished and died in her eighties in 1948. Her daughter married after the war and died in 1960.

Mr Shepherd said he hoped to start work on the film later this year. "Everyone who has come into contact with this project has been impressed by what three women achieved during the occupation of the town," he said. "It was a story which had to be made into a movie and we are now trying to raise the final money to start shooting.

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BerichtGeplaatst: 26 Nov 2005 9:35    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Dit berichtje was van 2000, is er eigenlijk ooit een film over verschenen?
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BerichtGeplaatst: 26 Nov 2005 22:23    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Yvonne schreef:
Dit berichtje was van 2000, is er eigenlijk ooit een film over verschenen?


zal spannende film worden, man 4 jaar in kast
film zal 'zitvlees'moeten heten Evil
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