18 décembre 2008

The Baudiment family before the War

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]
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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]
22 janvier 2009

Winter 1915-1916: the letters from Henri, and his special attentions towards his three sisters...

His thoughts were, too, very often dedicated towards Charlotte... Family photography: Charlotte by 1914. ... towards Augustine...: Family photography: Augustine by 1912. "... of course, I cannot write to everybody separately. Charlotte, Titine keep on asking me for news. So, I have to multiply myself, I am so happy to see how generous they are. Every now and then, I get a parcel from them, cookies, cigarettes, etc... I still have to thank them!" [Letter dated June 1915] "... The present letter which will be of much interest... [Lire la suite]
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28 janvier 2009

The mourning of the family

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]
30 janvier 2009

Heavy burden for the survivors

The Women, in the family, had survived these eight deadly years. They were lonely, from now on. Survivors, indeed, but for ever wounded. And their wounds were becoming quite heavy to bear... So heavy that they would have to share them, now, with the oncoming generations. Nowadays, time has come when the marks left by the tragedy are fading slowly, inexorably, ... Church Tower in Mont-Saint Eloi, Artois: photographed in February 1916 by Henri Baudiment, then in April 2006 by Louis Cazaubon. Church in Bouvigny, Artois:... [Lire la suite]
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