Jos Van Den Bosch of Berlaar (1895 - 1970)

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 say that information is coming into us all the time regarding this Legendary fancier. 

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. But from a very good source the name Horemans comes up in certain litterature, also it is known that Horemans got birds from a certain fancier by the name of Verhoyes, What is to be noted is Verhoyes had strange shades of red pigeons (In my opinion I believe this is where the famous Chocolate gene originated)... How true this is we shall never know entirely and we can only use archive material we research, but from where every bird originated only Jos Van Den Bosch would know exactly, and as he passed away in 1970 that chapter is limited to confirm information other than what is documented, 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 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 besides other known strains.  We also know that there is the old lines of Stichelbout in the old Van Den Bosch pigeons, and these come through the cock of the Stamkoppel right to present day and we hope to clarify this for you in some way with the following.

We do know the linage of the Oude Van Den Bosch of Karel Meulemans stamkoppel, In 1907 Jos had birds from Staf De Win, one such bird we do know is the Wittekop van 1907, a Dark Chequer with a white head, this super pigeon became the stamvader of the Van Den Bosch loft, and ancestor of the Oude Van Den Bosch Belg67.6729926. We Can trace the parents of the Oude Van Den Bosch BELG67.6729926 which are Donkere Witpen Belg65.6555050 x Zus Prinseske Belg61.664353, and its the lineage of Donkere Witpen Belg65.6555050 (the sire) we shall follow in much more detail. 

So from the Wittekrop van 1907 the direct linage is as follows:


Wittekrop van 1907 (M) FOUNDATION SIRE OF JVDB from Staf De Win

F1-Donkere Kweekduivin 1915 (F)

F2-Jonge Wittekrop 1919 (M)

F3-Donkere Van 23 1923 (F)

F4-Zoon Donkere 1931 (M)

F5-Lichte Duivin van 37 1937 (F) Paired to male of Stichelbaut Strain

F6-Razende Duivin 1945 (F)

F7-Wittekrop van 50 1950 (M)

F8- Schone Donkere van 53 1953 (M)

F9-Vurige van 58 1958 (M)

F10-Lichte van 61 1961 BELG61.6155179 (M)

F11-Donkere Witpen 1965 BELG65.6555050 (M)



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 became very succesful with his pigeons, Due to this success Jos was restricted in competition, the first results were obtained with Natural method of racing, but racing restrictions led to Jos selling some of his pigeons and turning to the widowhood method 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 pigeons of Jos Van Den Bosch were seized by the occupying german Army.

After the war Jos began again with the pigeons and his greatest achievement was to become Champion of all Belgium in 1956. 

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