My Opa – Johannes Hubertus Theodorus Gerardu
Continuing the story from my previous post – 1921: The Decision to Join KNIL
This young Dutchman began a new chapter in his life on March 6, 1921, when he boarded the S.S. Wilis, destination Batavia, Dutch East Indies.
However, before I go there, in an effort to imagine what life was like when he left the Netherlands, I found this video that gives a peek into city life in Groningen. While this is not where Hubert lived, it gives you an idea of what he was leaving behind.
Stamboek Entry: 3/6/1921 Geembarkeered te Rotterdam a.b.as. “Wilis”
Fifty-five days. At sea. In 3rd class or steerage. Now that’s a long trip!