LM/5157 Sdt 2e Cl Alan Seeger, RMLE.
One of the more famous casualties of the Great War, Wikipedia states:
Born in New York on June 22, 1888, Seeger moved with his family to Staten Island at the age of one and remained there until the age of 10. In 1900, his family moved to Mexico for two years, which influenced the imagery of some of his poetry. His brother Charles Seeger, a noted musicologist, was the father of the American folk singer, Pete Seeger.
Seeger entered Harvard in 1906 after attending several elite preparatory schools, including Hackley School.
At Harvard, he edited and wrote for the Harvard Monthly. After graduating in 1910, he moved to Greenwich Village for two years, where he wrote poetry and enjoyed the life of a young bohemian.
During that time, he attended soirées at the Mlles Petitpas' boardinghouse (319 West 29th Street), where the presiding genius was the artist and sage John Butler Yeats, father of the poet.
Having moved to the Latin Quarter of Paris to continue his seemingly itinerant intellectual lifestyle, on 24 August 1914, Seeger joined the French Foreign Legion so that he could fight for the Allies in World War I (the United States did not enter the war until 1917).
He was killed in action at Belloy-en-Santerre on 4 July 1916, famously cheering on his fellow soldiers in a successful charge after being hit several times by machine gun fire.
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Alan enlisted in Paris into the 2eme Regiment de marche de la 2eme Regiment Etranger (2RM/2RE) and served with them onn the Champagne Front and in the Vosges. In November 1915, he transferred to the Regiment de Marche de la Legion Etranger (RMLE) and was hit by machine gun fire from the cemetery at Belloy during the French attack of 4 July. Suffering from a severe stomach wound, he crawled into shelter in ‘no-man's land' and upturned his rifle to attract the attention of the brancardiers who were destined not to arrive in time. He was discovered after the battle stripped to the waist, with his tunic wrapped around his torso in an attempt to contain the severe abdominal injury he had received, but he had already been dead for several hours. Following the clear-up of the battlefield, Alan's body was removed and buried in a mass burial pit on Cote 76 near Belloy. Post-war, this pit was cleared and the remains were transferred to Ossuaire Nr 1 at the Necropole nationale of Lihons where, unmarked other than upon a plaque at the entrance to the cemetery, Alan's remains probably lie to this day. Alan is commemorated and celebrated on several monuments in Belloy and in Paris.
4 July 1916
Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.