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 Joseph-Louis Jumpertz born on March 11th 1853 in Langinfeld, Pruisen Germany, was my maternal grandfather. He was an honorary professor of languages at the Royal Technical College in Malines. Residing in Malines, (Later to be known as Mechelen) Belgium, Joseph was a Knight in the “Order of the crown” he was honoured with the Civil First Class Cross and commendation with the medal of Leopold.II He was papal Zouave. He died in Bodegnee on June 4th. 1924. Joseph
married Sidonie Mathieu in Liege on (Date?) and had three children: Francis born? Who became a ships captain, Alice born May 21st.1892 became sister Marie-Ange of the Conception. And Madeline born? Sidonie died in? On?

Joseph-Louis remarried on December 18th. 1892. His second wife, Rosa Charlotte Cornelie Gielis b: July 1857 in Leige. she bore him four more children all of whom were born in Malines (Mechelen).

They were:

Jeanne Marie Gerardine,
Yvonne Marie-Madeline
Joseph Marie-Felix
Georges Marie-Francoise

born on September 10th. 1894
born on September 7th. 1895 (my mother)
born on February 3rd. 1897
born on November 15th. 1898

The family lived in Louisa Street 20 until 25th September 1912 when they moved into the Castle Ergstein in Heindonk where they were registered until 17th July 1919 Malines (Mechelen) where they had a town house and at Chateau e Bergstein Heindonk north of the town. The Chateau overlooked three large lakes.

The Belgium Authorities, in their wisdom, commandeered the Chateau in 1914 for use as a military headquarters and Gun emplacement; the idea was to connect the three lakes situated about the buildings to form a moat. On the 4th October 1914 Belgium Artillery entirely destroyed the buildings.

The Jumpertz family was obliged to move out quickly. Arrangements were made for the family to be evacuated across the channel to 20, Dalgarno Gardens, North Kensington, where Joseph and Rosa lived with their two daughters, Jeanne and my mother Yvonne, until my parents married.

Dr Joseph Jumpertz took up the position of ‘Professor of Modern Languages’, at Berkhamstead School, north of London, in the autumn term of 1917. Where he opened a language department overlooking the gravel quad above the reception office.

Joseph Jumpertz would travel up from Kensington by train to Berkhampstead station, which was within a short walk of the school. Even in those days he could have completed the journey in under an hour. His stay at the school was short for the


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