7 November 1914 : Sdt Claudius Descotes

Born at Chauffailles, Saône-et-Loire on 7th January 1893

Location of Chauffailles, Saône-et-Loire in France (cc OpenStreetMap)

Joseph Claudius was living at 33, Quai du Bassin, Roanne, Loire at the time of his enlistment.

Due to embark on his compulsory military service in the October 1914 intake, he was called into service early and was enlisted into the army on 3rd August 1914.

Within a couple of months, he had been promoted to Soldat 1er Cl.

He found himself serving on the frontline in Picardy and Lorraine.

Joseph was killed in action at Xaffévillers, Vosges on 7 November 1914.

He has no known grave.


The Church and War Memorial at Xaffervillers © Christian Amet CC BY 3.0

663 Sdt. Claudius Joseph Descotes, 16e R.I.

Claudius Joseph Descotes killed in action 7 November 1914

Research by David O'Mara