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THE MAJOR ARCHIBALD ALEXANDER GORDON

SOCIETY

CUSTODIANS OF THE KINGS MESSENGER COLLECTION

MAJOR GORDON DURING THE LIBERATION OF BRUGES IN 1918


The personal mission of Major Gordon in finding the British Nun Leahy

THE ENGLISH CONVENT AT BRUGES

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When Major Gordon was in London for the Silver Jubilee of King Georges V, a letter was sent to King Albert from a British mother, who was desparate to finding any news of her daughter, who was a nun at the English Convent in Bruges. King Albert wrote on the envloppe, " give to Gordon, to attend to". When Gordon recieved the letter, he wrote the mother that Bruges was the most isolated city on the entire Belgium occupied territory, because the German submarine base was located there. During the liberation offensive, Gordon was reminded on that letter that he was given in 1917.


Together with the Belgian officer, Major Dujardin they tried to find a suitable headquarters for King Albert. After they found the castle of Baron A. van Caloen, they headed for the city of Bruges, wich was entered with very difficulties, because of the blown bridges. Once entered in Bruges their movement was held up again, by the inhabitants who came in hundreds on the street, crazy with delight. Major Dujardin than went further on foot to transact official business, while Major Gordon went to the English Convent to find the daughter of the mother who wrote to King Albert in London.


Major Gordon reached the front gate and when on explaining his visit purpose, he was admitted immediatly. The Reverend Mother was overjoyed to see a British officer and Major Gordon asked if sister Sealy was present at the Convent. The Reverend Mother replied she doesn't knew any one in the Convent, with the name Sealy, nor did she new a nun with the same name in Bruges area. After retinking the mother asked if Major Gordon could have misread the name, because there was a sisters with the name Leahy. Gordon assumed that this was the explanation and the sister was called upon immediatly. After a few minutes she appeared on the grill and almost tear down the grill after Major Gordon had informed her of her mother's letter. Leahy asked Major Gordon, if he could wait for her to write some lines, that he could bring to England. Because Major Gordon knew Major Dujardin was on a tight schedule, he agreed to wait for only half an hour. Leahy vanished and Major Gordon was offered some tea and slices of bread in front of the grill. He learned that Leahy's sister name was Mary Evangelist. After half an hour she returned with some 40 letters instead one. Major Gordon figured that Leahy informed countless other nuns that he was outside and they took adventage of writting a letter as well. Major Gordon accepted all the letters, although army regulations states that a soldier can't carry any letters. He literally had to smuggle them across when he had to pick up Lord Curzon in London, a few days later. The letters were posted immediatly after Gordon's arrival in England.


THE ENGLISH CONVENT AT BRUGES