Search results for Alsace.

16 September 1914 : Sdt 2e Cl Marius Labruyere, 158 RI


Marius lived at 146, Rue Fontalon, Roanne. He was called for his compulsory military service in October 1913 and was  still serving upon the outbreak of war. He saw action in Alsace in the earliest engagements of the war. He next served in the Champagne area where, near Souain on 16 September 1914, he was killed in action during a French assa…

Sdt Augustin Joseph Louis Victorin Trébuchon, 415e RI.


The last French soldier to be killed in action during the Great War, Augustin was born on 30 May 1878 in the small farming village of Montchabrier (Lozère), Languedoc-Roussillon. The eldest of five children, Augustin was orphaned during his teenage years and, prior to enlistment in his compulsory military service, worked as a communal shepherd in o…

20 December 1914: 820 Marsouin Simon Chantelot


Simon Chantelot had just begun his compulsory military service with the 6th Colonial Infantry at Lyon at the time of the outbreak of war. Seeing action in the Vosges/Alsace and the Argonne, he was wounded in action near Ypres in mid-December and died in the auxiliary hospital at Mantes-la-Jolie/Yvelines on 20 December 1914. Simon Chantelot is …

28 April 1915: Pierre Scheurer


Pierre left Thann to engage in his compulsory military training with the French Army at Epinal and became an eleve-officier in 1909. He was severely wounded by a shell explosion at his regimental headquarters on the Hartmannswillerkopf on 26 April 1915 and died of these injuries in Field Ambulance 2/58 at Moosch two days later. He is buried…

28 December 1915 : Sdt Gabriel Pierre Basset


Location of Roanne, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (cc OpenStreetMap)

Gabriel lived at 56, rue Gambetta, Roanne (95km north west of Lyon). He was recalled to service in the first week of the war, August 1914.

German counter-attack, 22 December 1915 (cc) Battle of Hartmannswillerkopf, Wikipedia (Public Domain)

Stationed in the Vosges mountains, Alsace for the whole of his service, he was killed in action on the Hartmannswillerkopf on 28 December 1915.

Gabriel has no known grave.

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15 June 1917 : Maurice Bousquet


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. At the outbreak of war, Bousquet re-joined the 57e R.I. at Bayonne. Soon in action…

8 January 1915 : Pte Albert Croucher, 1st East Kent Regiment


His father was William James Croucher (a gardener/domestic servant) and his mother was Mary Ann Sharp.  At the 1891 Census at home, on Garlinge Greene, Petham age three, he was with his parents and young brother Albert (one). A decade later in 1901, his father was now 'head gardener'. Albert was at home, Paxton Cottage, St. Mary’s Platt, Kent a…

Le Cimetière Militaire de Soultzmatt, Alsace


We came across the cemetery by chance, driving through the Val de Pâtre along a peaceful road heavy with heat where the wine growing area gives way to the woodlands of the Vosges foothills, where a football field had been mown into the meadow and boys were laconically kicking a ball into the net.  It was a carefully landscaped cemetery of crosses i…