18 décembre 2008
Henri was born in Algeria, the eldest of six, from the encounter in Constantine, of Boniface, a gendarme, born in the French region of Berry, and Marie-Anne Robert, born ten years after in the region of Auvergne. Photography of the family in Kouba, around 1895 - Starting from the left, sitting on the front rank: Jean-Baptiste (1st), Euphrasie (3rd), Charlotte, my grand mother (6th); sitting on the 2nd rank: Marie-Anne (3rd; upon her knees: Augustine); standing: Boniface (3rd from the left). Having grown up amongst a strong and... [Lire la suite]
28 janvier 2009
Then came the long mourning, heavy to bear, for the parents, for the remaining brother, for the sisters. Family mourning which was not even interrupted by the sound of the bugle, on the Armistice Day, the 11th November 1918. Family photography, Spring 1916, in Algiers - From Left to Right: Fernand, Euphrasie holds his daughter Yvette in her arms; on the tree: Marc (in white) and the cousin Robert Merle (future famous French novel writer) ; under the tree: Jean-Baptiste and Henriette holding his arm; in the rear: Marie-Anne; Eugénie... [Lire la suite]
29 janvier 2009
Jean-Baptiste struggled bravely to overcome his wounds, but, at last, weakened by them, he was blown away on the 28th January 1922, by a blight which murdered many more than this "Great War": the Spanish Flu. His father Boniface, undermined by the sorrow, had himself, been swept away by the virus, two weeks before.