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Other great men:

Les hommes célèbres du secteur

This page is not about military men, and another page is dedicated to the painter SEGONZAC



Born in Bar-le-Duc (Meuse), he was President of the Republic from 1913 to 1920, and Coucil Presdident on several occasions.

On the 6th and 7th of June, 1915, he visited the frontline around Saint-Mihiel, the Ailly wood and the Priest W ood(where his nephew Léon Poincaré, second lieutenant of 73rd artillery division, was fighting). Cf " Au service de la France (serving France)" tome VI Les tranchées (the trrenches) p 247
He owns a property in Sampigny (Meuse), several kilometers from the frontline, which served as a target to German gunners.

You can visit his dwelling, now transformed into a museum.

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Men of letters and the Lorraine war:

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Émile CHARTIER aka ALAIN (1868/1951) Philosopher, French teacher.

In his book "Souvenirs de guerre" (Memories of War), Alain recalls his fighting at Flirey.

In " Mars ou la guerre jugée " (Mars or the war judged - 1921) and in his " Correspondance " (1958), he offers his point of view on the war


1896-1996 ?

Writer, academician, author of Raboliot, second lieutenant, then lieutenant of the 106th inf.div., he fought at the Marne, then at the Eparges; he was severely wounded in Calonne Trench on April 25, 1915.

He wrote many books about war: " Ceux de 14 " (Sous Verdun, Nuits de guerre, La boue, Les Éparges), " Au seuil des guitounes ", " H.O.E. ", " Jours de la Marne ".

Charles PÉGUY (1873-1914)

Writer, lieutenant of 276th Inf.Div., he was killed on 5 September, 1914, in Villeroy near Meaux, at the Marne battle. From August 11 to August 28, 1914, he was posted in Lorraine, and particularly quartered in the farm of Sainte Marie aux bois, in Vilcey sur Trey at the north-east of Pont-à-Mousson.

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Henry-Alban ALAIN-FOURNIER (1886-1914) Novelist, author of "Le Grand Maulne" ; he was reported missing in the Eparges area at the very beginning of the war.

His remains were found and identified recently. They were buried in Saint Rémy la Calonne.

Pierre-Maurice MASSON

Born in Metz on October 4th, 1979, he studied in Nancy and appointed teacher at the Swiss University of Fribourg.

He was the author of several books awarded a prize by the French Academy (Lamartine, Mme de Tencin, la religion de J.J. Rousseau)

From August 1914 and during 20 months, he was posted on several battlefield on the south area of the Saint-Mihiel salient (Mamey, Flirey, Apremont).

Sergeant in the 42nd territorial Inf.Div.of Toul, second lieutenant of the 261st Inf.Div., then lieutenant in the 22nd company, he was killed on April 16, 1916. His body was buried in the Flirey military graveyard

His " Lettres de guerre" (war letters) adressed more particularly to his wife, were published in 1918.

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Primary School teacher, Goncourt Prize 1910, author of " la guerre des boutons ".

Lieutenant Pergaud died in the night of April 7, 1915 near Marcheville (Meuse).

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Other famous departed ...


Born in Marseille, Jean Bouin, a French runner winner in the Olympic games, died near Bouconville (Apremont surroundings).

A remembrance monument is erected on the square outside the Bouconville church.

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