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Harlingen is approx 12 kilometres south-west of Franeker and approx 30 kilometres west of Leeuwarden. When the Dutch vessels retreated towards Terschelling, the English followed, destroyed 150 Dutch vessels, and landed in the harbour of West-Terschelling.The town was burnt to the ground by the English on this occasion which would become known as "Holmes's Bonfire" after the English admiral Holmes, the Great Fire of London in the very same year was considered by some to have been God's retribution.And like many old people, she was fooled enough in life to be clever at the end, so she answered them: “Go back, it’s not the right place to be; hundreds of them are rising up already and thousands are laying down! She was talking about the many tombstones on that old “flood-mound” - long ago created for the safety of the church and the local people - and about the many more bodies buried there, in what was left after centuries, the graveyard!Result: these “sea dogs” returned to their maritime life, the daily rowing and sailing on the seas.
Though we cannot at present put names to faces he has helped us know who most of those servicemen were and their interesting history.
And that's how East-Terschelling was spared, by the “Wyfke fan Stryp”.
The old graveyard in the former village of Stryp (also called Seeryp, Striep or Zurijp etc.) is still there, complete with some of those tombstones, and also with the foundation outlines of the holy church built there. Duyf himself; and a copy of it, also of these names etc., was in a "album of verses" too, of his daughter, Mevr.
‘t Wyfke fan Stryp (the sage of Clever Granny of Seeryp) by Willem de Jong When these “overheated navy hooligans” were finished in West-Terschelling with their “Bonfire”, at least a number of them marched further Eastward, to the other villages on the island.
They were keen on more wealth, more attractive and helpless women, and more liquor too!
Zumbach, who was the senior officer, and who spoke perfect German due to his Swiss origin, told the officer that the war is soon to be over and it is in his [the Jerry officer's] best interest to take good care of the Po Ws, because it depends on them, what they will tell the liberating troops.