Veurne resident Karel Cogge (1855-1922) played an important role during the First World War. As supervisor of the “Veurne Noordwatering”, he was summoned to Veurne town hall to help with the deliberate flooding of the IJzer plains. His intervention saw King Albert I award him with a Knighthood in the Order of Leopold. The bust dates back to 1928.
The Belevingscentrum Vrij Vaderland (Free Homeland Experience Centre) on the Grote Markt in Veurne features more information about Karel Cogge.