English, Joe

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English, Joe Gender: M
Joseph Alphonse Marie English
born on 6 August 1882 at 17:00 (= 5:00 PM )
Place Bruges, Belgium, 51n13, 3e14
Timezone BMT m4e2230 (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 14°03' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 20°35 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 26°40'


Flemish draughtsman and painter, whose father was an Irishman who married a Flemish woman. Later on, Joe was naturalised as a Belgian subject and collaborated closely with the Antwerp artist Juliaan Devriendt. Antwerp was at that time the centre of the Flemish Movement. In 1914, he was mobilised. At the end of 1915, he worked as an artist in Veurne, where he became a prominent front soldier. He designed the typical gravestones honouring the Flemish soldiers who died in the First World War.

English died at the age of 36 from an untreated appendicitis in the military hospital L'Océan at Vinkem on the night of 31 August 1918. He was buried in the Belgian military cemetery at Steenkerke. The very first IJzerbedevaart took place there at his sepulchre in 1920. In 1930, his corpse was placed in the crypt of the IJzertoren (the Yser Tower, named after the River Yser). Through his friend Sam De Vriendt, a number of English’s oil paintings and water colours, which depict Veurne during the war, were permanently exhibited in the town hall there.

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  • Death by Disease 31 August 1918 (Untreated appendicitis, age 36)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield submitted birth certificate n° from the online Bruges municipal archives: "om vijf uren 's avonds" (at five o'clock in the evening). Wikipedia has 5 August in error.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Other Major diseases (Appendicitis)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Draughtsman and painter)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (Front soldier)