6 July 1916 : Urbain Pierre Rieucau

Urbain Pierre Rieucau was born 11 December 1888, Villecomtal, Aveyron

The local of the town of Villecomtal in the Aveyron Departement in Southern France (c) Google Maps 2021

Urbain was a farmer before the war. 

Location of Rodez derived from a map of the departements of France CC BY-SA 4.0

Having completed his compulsory military service at Rodez in 1911, Urbain was immediately recalled upon the declaration of war and was in action at the Battle of Morhange in August 1914 - Morhange being an area of France annexed by the Germans in 1871.

Cropped section of map showing the 'battle of the frontiers' as the pertained to Sdt. Cl Rieucau

The remainder of the year saw Urbain in action on the Oise, Somme and Artois fronts during the ‘race to the sea’, and during the 1st Battle of Ypres.

During 1915, he fought in the 2nd Battle of Ypres and the 2nd Battle of Champagne and remained on the Champagne front until moving to take part in the Battle of Verdun in February 1916.

French troops attacking under artillery fire during the battle of Verdun in 1916

Seeing much vicious fighting at Verdun between February and May 1916 (Houdremont quarries, Douaumont, Côte 304 and Bois Camard ), Urbain’s unit moved to the Somme in May 1916 and, took part in action near Maurepas following the start of the Battle of the Somme.

Badly wounded on 5th July, Urbain died of wounds in Ambulance 3/20 at Cerisy sur Somme on 6 July 1916.

National Necropolis of Cerisy 3 by Ybroc CC BY SA 4:00

He is buried in the Nécropole Nationale of Cerisy

223 Sdt.2.Cl. Urbain Pierre Rieucau, 146 e Régiment d’Infanterie

6 July 1916 died of his wounds


Research by David O'Mara.



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Additional Sources: Battle of Lorraine