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Her Side of the War

Elsie and Mairi in Diksmuide

9/04/2016 - 8/01/2017

Elsie and MairiThe Museum on the IJzer tells the story of four strong women, who each made an impact in different ways on the life of Belgian soldiers at the front during the Great War: Madame Tack, Mietje Boeuf, Elsie Knocker and Mairi Chisholm.

When war broke out in 1914, two spirited and emancipated British women, Elsie Knocker and Mairi Chisholm, left England by motor bike to set up a first aid post close to the front along the River IJzer. They established their post in cellars in the village of Pervijze, just behind the firing line and saved many lives by their ability to provide medical care quickly to wounded soldiers. Full of admiration, the men at the front soon referred to them as the 'Angels of Pervijze' or the 'Misses of Pervijze'. Albert I also recognized the outstanding contribution made by these two young women by awarding them one of Belgium's highest honours.

This exhibition is not wheelchair accessible.

Museum on the IJzer
IJzerdijk 49
8600 Diksmuide
T. +32 (0)51 50 02 86

Opening hours
1 April to 30 September, 09.00-18.00
(last visit 17.30).

1 October to 31 March, 09.00-17.00
(last visit 16.30).

Weekends: open from 10.00.
Closed on 24, 25, 26 and 31 December, 1 and 2 January and for 3 weeks after the end of the Christmas holiday period.
Entrance fees
Admittance to the temporary exhibition is included in the ticket price for the Museum on the IJzer.

INDIVIDUAL                               GROUPS (min. 20 persons)
Adults: €8.00                              Adults: €6.00
18-25 years: €5.00                     18-25 years: €4.00
7-17 years: €2.50                       7-17 years: €2.50
Guide: €30/hour                         Guide: €30/hour