Wednesday, 14 March 2012

R.I.P. Shrapnel Charlie

Just received the sad news that Ivan Sinnaeve, better known as "Shrapnel Charlie" , has passed away yesterday. He was a real friend of our museum and was helping us on several occasions. He will be dearly missed by by all of us.


  1. Such sad news. He was a lovely man.

  2. I took a party of schoolboys to meet him at his home. Very welcoming, made some of our shrapnel into a model of the Menin Gate and he had to be forced to accept money for his work. A great gentleman and a sad loss. I was hoping to see him next October, very sorry to find that this will no longer be possible. Goodbye Ivan.

  3. My Wife and I are so sad to hear of the loss of a good friend. We will both miss him terribly. Our thoughts and prayers are with Marie Claire and the family. He will always live on in his amazing model soldiers which, for ever will be on show in our house.
    God Bless Ivan.
    John and Jan Bishop.

  4. May he rest in peace.
    Very sorry to learn this sad new, all our condeoleances to his family.
    We will remember him.

  5. A program had just screen in New Zealand on the NZ Army and Passchendaele which included Shrapnel Charlie and his amazing work in recreating soliders from lead recycled from WW1 and his relationship with New Zealander's who visited him. I googled this site straight after this program finish and I'm so sad to learn of his passing. Many heartfelt thanks for his immeasurable committment to ensuring that we all understand those huge and unmistable sacrifices of nearly a century ago .

    kindest regards

    Stephen B , NZ

  6. I purchased one of Ivan's creations back in 2000 when visiting Ypres, and it has remained at the centre of my small collection of WW1 bits and pieces ever since.
    A great man.

  7. So very sad to hear of Ivan's passing. Small in stature, big in heart with a great sense of humour. The two hours we spent with him in 2008 are still fondly remembered. His soldiers continue to hold pride of place in our respective offices. Sincere condolences to Marie Claire and family.

    Matt and Geoff, Melbourne, Australia

  8. In 2006, my wife and I went to Ypres and met Shrapnel Charlie at his home.. He welcomed us inside and showed us how he melted shrapnel balls, then poured the lead into molds. I asked him if he had any US soldiers? He gave me a doughboy statue. We will never forget how he proudly greeted us at his front door, "I am Shrapnel Charlie."

  9. I had the honour of meeting him whilst doing a battlefield visit with a small group of friends an amazing man - friendly - funny and dedicated to his task of remembering the fallen soldiers of WW1 RIP Ivan your memory will always be with me through the model soldiers you made me during my visit to your home

    Raymond Bell (Dinger) WO2
    52nd Lowland Regiment