At Timbarra Lofts UK we thought it is long over due that some information on Jos Van Den Bosch himself and where his family of birds originated was documented, much speculation and assumptions have been made, along with some half truths and rumours, we hope we can make things a little clearer with some more accurate information, after all without Jos Van Den Bosch the Wouters-Meuleman tandem, and many other lofts in Belgium and around the world may never have reached the top of the sport as they did.
Before we get started we must apologise if some dates are generalised as we are working from archive material and references.
Many names have been linked with the founding the loft of Jos Van De Bosch, Tournier via his VALK line, Maes, Van Der Espt and others...how true this is we shall never know entirely, only those closest to Jos Van Den Bosch would know, so we shall humbly attempt to piece the jigsaw together the best way we know how, with what we have discovered and what we know.
Jos got as far as we know birds from his father and brother Louis to set up his loft in Berlaar after he got married, and we do know and it must be noted that Gommaar Van Den Bosch bought the entire loft of Gust Baesten from Heist-op-Den Berg in 1900, also Jos obtained birds from a certain fanciers in the town of Diest, this included Marcel Van Santen and Guillaume Stassart.
Marcel Van Stanten from Diest was a very good fancier indeed and was known across Belgium and the surrounding areas, Marcel had in his loft the old Alexander Hansenne pigeons via a certain fancier by the name of Namote, who is believed to originally come from Leige, Namotes pigeons came from a gentleman called Sauveur from a town called Milmort close to Leige, Sauveur had in his loft the old Hansennes pigeons, but not just those it should be said. So from Alexander Hansennes to Sauvuer-Namote-Stassart and Santen to Jos Van Den Bosch.
NOTE: The Alexander Hansennes pigeons are also referred to as Waalse Wegges and it is these the old Belgian Strains are based on, Alexander Hansennes lived in Verviers, Alexander Hansennes based his family of birds on three foundation pillars, those of Guelissen, Bonjean and Dedoyard and these came on his loft around the late 1800.
Jos Van Den Bosch was born in Koningshooikt in the late 19th century, He was introduced into the sport by his father, and spent time as a small boy in his fathers loft,
Jos had trained or studied to be a diamond cutter in Antwerpen in the later months of 1910 which was a very good career in those days.
Jos raced with his father in tandem before his move to Berlaar, and the Van Den Bosch family had some wonderful results with such pigeons as ''Barcelone', 'Angoulème' and 'Vitesse' and others.
Jos had help from his father and his brother Louis, this is when he moved to Berlaar in 1931-1932 shortly after his marriage to Sidonie Van Der Velde, Jos and Sidonie we do know had a daughter Sylva Van Den Bosch.
Jos become very succesful with his pigeons. Due to this success Jos was restricted in competition, the first results were obtained with the natural method, but racing restrictions led to Jos selling some of his pigeons and turning to widowhood in 1939. Jos enjoyed some of his best racing results in this period, but WW2 was to put a halt to that, and more than 70 of the Van Den Bosch pigeons were seized by the occupying German Army.
After the war Jos began again with the pigeons and his greatest acheievement was to become Champion of all Belgium in 1956.
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