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, But from very good sources the following information and names we have found facts confirming them, Horemans comes up in certain litterature, it is known that Horemans got birds from a certain fancier by the name of Paul Verhoyes. 

We do know the Van Den Bosch birds contain certain strains from famous fanciers in Belgium and one of those was Mons Guillaume Stassart, Mons Guillaume Stassart did aquire birds from the great Jules Janssen who had pure Wegge birds in his loft and nothing else, and history shows the famous Wegge birds are based on the very first strain called Ulens, it should be noted Wegge,Jules Janssen and Grooters (I had Chocolate Grooters in the 80s) were what should be termed founding fathers of the modern racing pigeon.

Jos Van Den Bosch and his father visited Marcel Van Santen to aquire pigeons, Marcel Van Stanten from Diest, Marcel had in his loft the old Alexander Hansenne strain via a certain fancier by the name of Namote, who is believed to originally come from Leige but later resided in Diest and was a brewer, Namotes pigeons came from a gentleman called Sauveur from a town called Milmort close to Leige, Sauveur had in his loft the old Hansennes strain. Hansenne's birds were based on birds from a couple of various sources, which include a Mr Guelissen and Mr Bonjean, as well as that of Dedoyard of Ensival and Veekemans, Alexander Hansenne's birds were known as the Walse Wegges, so the decendancy of turn is (Line 1) The foundation of A.H Strain was that of the following, Bonjean/Dedoyard/Guelissen/Veekemans) Alexander Hansenne-Sauveur-Namote-Stassart and Van Santen- Van Den Bosch-Meulemans.

With another consideration and that being how Stassart Strain was influenced to the following decendency (line 2) Ulens-Veekemans-Wegge-Jules Janssen-Stassart-Van Den Bosch-Meulemans.

Jos Van Den Bosch also had birds from Staf De Win in 1907 which we touch on later in the decendancy of the 'Oude Van Den Bosch Belg67.6729926'.

Through certain investigation by Louis Cortebeeck and Marc Verheecke it is well known that certain fanciers already mentioned held in their lofts the famous recessive red gene (chocolate).. and it is to be noted and no secret that Marc Verheeckes wife is a close friend of Sylva (Jos Van Den Bosch's daughter). Mons Guillaume Stassart is known to have had the recessive red gene in his family of birds for sure, and the Stassarts occassionally bred Chocolates...

What is interesting is that Stassart, Van Santen, Namote all at some point and resided in the town of Diest, the very same town where Gerhard Schlephoorst believed that the mother of the 'Blauw Janssen Belg66.6122023' of the Stamkoppel came from, as it is spoken that the Blauw Janssen  Belg66.6122023 was bred from a Janssen Cock of the oude Schalie of 56 line from the Janssen brothers of Arendonk, when paired to a hen purchased by Adriaan Wouters from an Inn Keeper in Diest? the very same town of Diest where Namote was a brewer... connection? I will let you decide what the most plausable foundations are as there has been many books written on the subject stating her ancestry as unknown, and I am in no position to believe otherwise, but a very interesting thought to be considered neither the less. 

We also know that there is the old lines of Stichelbaut in the old Van Den Bosch pigeons, and these are evident when tracing the bloodline of the cock of the Stamkoppel and we hope to clarify this for you in some way with the following.

But from where every bird originated only Jos Van Den Bosch would know exactly or possibly his daughter Sylva, but Jos passed away in 1970 so that information is limited to confirm anything other than what is documented already, so we have humbly attempted to piece the jigsaw together the best way we know how, with what we have discovered and what we know.


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 foundation 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 FOUNDATION 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.


FOOTNOTE: It is to be remembered and noted thanks be given to Jules Gallez (History of the Belgain Racing pigeon) Herman Beverdam, August & Frank Daelemans (Karel Meulemans book), Victor Vansalen (Masters of Breeding and Racing), Alistar Cooper, Marc Verheecke, Louis Cortebeeck, Albert Babington, Sylva Van Den Bosch, Frans Morris, Karel Meulemans, George Litherland, Gerhard Schlephoorts, John Kirk and son and many others should be given.. without them the story would be lost forever. 

I do hope this goes someway to paying back so much owed to Jos Van Den Bosch and his great strain and the work contributed by all the above mentioned.

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