19 décembre 2008

The Declaration of War

When the War broke out, ... ... Henri was serving as a Warrant Officer, in the 90th Infantry Regiment, in Châteauroux (Indre). On the very day following his eighteenth birthday, on the 28th July 1899, he volonteered and got enlisted as a simple private, into this professionnal regiment, quartered very nearby his father's birth-place. He had married, on the 5th September 1908, Angèle Trochard, two years older than himself, and the daughter of a late Paris jeweller. ... Jean-Baptiste was belonging, on his side, to the 1st... [Lire la suite]

09 janvier 2009

April 1915: Aimé on the Champagne front

In April 1915, Aimé, who was less than 18 years old, had enlisted by anticipation: he was already a Sergeant, when he was sent to the front, amongst the 1st Batalion of the 8th "Régiment de Marche des Zouaves", the same batalion as his brother, and almost on the very location where Jean-Baptiste had been wounded, seven months earlier. Photography annotated by Henri Baudiment: "Sillery (Marne) April 1915 - In reserve of the front line, 600 meters East of Prunay sur Vesle" (Aimé stands 3rd from the left).   Henri, who had been... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Louis CAZAUBON à 12:00 - Commentaires [0] - Permalien [#]
Tags : , , ,
10 janvier 2009

Aimé shot to death, in Artois

The 8th "Régiment de Marche des Zouaves" entered the battles on the 11th May 1915, in Neuville Saint Vaast (Pas de Calais), South of the Vimy Ridge: "...Violent Infantry and machine guns firings are coming from the trenches located at 1000 meters beyond the very front, or from trenches or houses situated nearby the NW part of Neuville St Vaast village, and are creating very heavy losses [...]. The intensity of the enemy firing is such, and the losses so important, that it seems useless to keep moving forward [...]. From 2:30 pm... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Louis CAZAUBON à 12:00 - Commentaires [0] - Permalien [#]
Tags : , , ,
11 janvier 2009

May-June 1915: Henri is searching in vain Aimé's burial place.

Henri rushed up, as soon as he could, from the Loos-en-Gohelle sector, where he had taken an active part to the 9th May attack; he, then, attempted to retrieve any track of his younger brother, unfortunately without success: "[...] I walked along and through all the temporary graveyards, village cimeteries, etc, etc... but I could not find out the tumb of our late beloved. What a real joy would have been mine, to find it, to grant him with a last and final salute, and to place there a bouquet of flowers with a wreath [...]. [...]... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Louis CAZAUBON à 12:00 - Commentaires [0] - Permalien [#]
Tags : , ,