Mr Peter Van Acker, The Belgian ambassador to Tanzania recently discovered that the embassy was still in possession of a medal awarded to Scottish-born James Dodds by the Belgian government for participation in heroic airlift flights rescuing Belgian civilians during the Congo uprising in 1960. The embassy held no information about the pilot except for his name.
In January of this year, the new premises of the Honorary Consulate of Belgium were opened in Southampton, making it the 7th Belgian Consulate in the UK. Siddhartha Kunti will also carry responsibility for Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight.
Do you need a new passport in the coming months and do you wish to have your biometric data taken in Edinburgh during a visit from the Flying Kit? On 15 and 16 April 2019, the Flying Kit will be at the premises of the Honorary Consulate of Belgium in Edinburgh, c/o Experience Scotland Travel Services, 2, West Street, Penicuik EH26 9DL.
Due to the current circumstances surrounding Brexit and the lack of solid information, the Embassy is not in a position to make any recommendations when it comes to procedures to follow in order to obtain the right to stay. Even though the Home Office has not communicated all the details regarding the stay of citizens from EU member states, it would from now on be prudent to keep any documents proving residency in the United Kingdom. Those documents could then be presented to the Home Office if requested.
Dr Anne Samson is an independent historian specialised in the First World War in Africa. She grew up in South Africa where she obtained her BA Degree and relocated to London in 1996 where she completed her MA in Twentieth Century History and her PhD.
In 2014, Anne started a publishing company working in partnership with authors, TSL Publications. Alongside this, she undertakes research in both the UK and South Africa and promotes the role and significance of Africa in World War 1. She runs the Great War in Africa Association.
Hélène De Witte is a former merchandiser for high-end fashion and interiors brands Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren and Burberry. She retrained as a landscape and garden designer with the London College of Garden Design and qualified in 2014. She is currently living with her family in West London.
The Embassy was represented at the inauguration dinner last month in London of Countess Mountbatten of Burma as patron of the Countess Mountbatten Own Legion of Frontiersmen of the Commonwealth. The Frontiersmen were among the first Britons to go into battle against Germany in 1914 by joining the Belgian army.