The first time Major Gordon mentions Count d’Ardoye in La Panne was in the spring of1915. In the afternoon of April 11, 1915, Major Gordon found himself in the company of then Colonel Comte de Jonghe d’Ardoye. Both when drove towards Hazebrouck in order to meet Duc Robert d’Ursel. Major Gordon who was friends with Robert d’Ursel wife, Comtesse Sabine Franquevillehad tea with them and returned to St. Omer. Major Gordon recalls an important story of count de Jonghe d’Ardoye in his book “Culled from a diary”on page 86:
“Count de Jonghe had been attached to his Sovereign during the latter’s visit, towards the close of last June or early July, to the German Emperor and had had a conversation with him. He, the Kaiser, spoke quite freely about the state of Europe, and remarked, “I do not wish war, but if anyone attacks me I shall crush him.”
The Count added that he was of such an extraordinary nature and with such a violent and erratic temper that he was quite like to say when in a rage, “Spare no one or anything!”The second time Major Gordon mentioned the company of count de Jonghe was during the visit of Lord Curzon early in 1916. After Lord Curzon arrived at La Panne, count de Jonghe informed the visitors that decorations will be given by the King. The first one who was decorated was Lord Curzon, who received the Grand Gordon of the Order of Leopold. It was during this ceremony that Major Gordon received the cross of officer of the Order of Leopold.
Comte de Jonghe d’Ardoye was born in Rhode-Saint-Genèseon August 26, 1861in the Belgian noble family of d’Ardoye who was descendant from ‘Waasland’. His father Louis de Jonghe d’Ardoye was Belgian minister of state. Comte André de Jonghe d’Ardoye was married to Geneviève de Wykerslooth de Rooyesteynbut the couple received no children. In 1912, comte d’ardoye became an Aide-de-Camp to King Albert and was one of the most trusted members of the Belgian military Royal Household. During the outbreak of the war in 1914, he was the Commander of the 1er Régiment de Guides. Afterwards, he was appointed “Officier de Liaison auprès le Quartier Général Britanniqueand in 1917 was appointed Chef de la Mission Belge près la Légation de Belgique à Londrestill 1919. He received the rank of Lt. Général and became an Aide-de-Camp to King Leopold III from 1934 till 1936. He died in Brussels on December 10, 1936.
ank of Lt. Général and became an Aide-de-Camp to King Leopold III from 1934 till 1936. He died in Brussels on December 10, 1936.