15 June 1917 : Maurice Bousquet

Maurice Bousquet was born at Cette (renamed Sète in 1928), Hérault on 29 June 1889.

Maurice Bousquest completed his compulsory military service in October 1912 and returned to his civilian occupation of shop keeper. 

As an Active Army Reservist, he was returned to full time service as sergeant, the rank he attained during his previous service.

10-5-14, military fencing championship, team of the 57th [winner of the bayonet event]: [press photograph] / [Agence Rol]

At the outbreak of war, Bousquet re-joined the 57e R.I. at Bayonne. Soon in action, he took part in the Battles of Alsace and the Battle of the Marne before moving to the Aisne Front by the end of 1914 where he would remain until the spring of 1915.

On 15th May 1915,  Bousque was transferred to the newly formed 175e R.I. He served at Gallipoli until September, when his regiment was transferred to Salonika.

Within days of arrival at Monastir on 16th September 1915 he was wounded by shrapnel in the left foot. He soon recovered and was promoted to Adjutant on November 11th 1915.

From 'Officers Colours'


At this time, he was also cited for bravery at brigade level during a reconnaissance of enemy positions and received the Croix de Guerre with bronze star.

Maurice was severely wounded on 12th /13th June 1917.

He was cited again, this time at Army level, for his endeavours and received the bronze palm emblem to wear on his Croix de Guerre ribbon. He was promoted to Adjudant-Chef on 16th January 1917.

Entrance to the Hospital at Florina (postcard from Ebay)

Evacuated to the temporary hospital at Florina, Greece, he died of his injuries on 15th June 1917.


743 Adj. Chef Maurice Bousquet, 9 cie. 175e R.I.

15 June 1917 Died of his injuries

Sources: Wikipedia, Google Maps, Officers Colours