Andre-Michel, Rose-Marie b. November 5, 1893 d. March 29, 1918 Artist's Model. She was the niece, frequent traveling companion, and favourite subject of legendary portraitist John Singer Sargent. Raised in England by a well-off family, she began posing for her uncle's work at a young age as had her mother Violet before her. Left a widow after her husband scholar Robert Andre-Michel, with whom she had done research at the Vatican prior to World War I, was killed-in-action in 1914, she devoted the war years to work as a volunteer nurse at a hospital for...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Ferme du Meunier Noir, Crouy, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France
Blackwell, PVT. Robert Lester b. October 4, 1895 d. October 11, 1918 World War I Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Born in Person County, North Carolina, he served in the United States Army during World War I as a Private in Company K, 119th Infantry, 30th Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near St. Souplet, France, on October 11, 1918. His citation reads "When his platoon was almost surrounded by the enemy and his platoon commander asked for volunteers to carry a message calling for reinforcements, Pvt. Blackwell volunteered for this...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Somme American Cemetery and Memorial, Bony, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France Plot: D-20-2
Coincy, Gautier de b. 1177 d. September 25, 1236 Poet, Composer, Cleric. His masterpiece, the two-volume "Miracles de Nostre-Dame" ("Miracles of Our Lady", 1222 and 1233), is a major work of Medieval French literature and music. A mammoth verse narrative of over 30,000 lines, it chronicles miracles attributed to the Virgin Mary interspersed with songs and prayers. Coincy wrote it in French rather than Latin and his poetry abounds with virtuosic displays of puns, spoonerisms, anagrams, even double-entendres. The musical element constitutes the...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Abbey of Saint-Médard de Soissons (Defunct), Soissons, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France
Compere, Loyset b. 1445 d. August 16, 1518 Composer. A leading French figure of the middle-Renaissance period. With his "Missa Allez regrets" (c. 1480) he pioneered the so-called Parody Mass, the most influential form of sacred music during the 16th Century. Composers of the genre adapted the Mass text to pre-existing melodies, though not as a "spoof" as the name suggests. The tunes were usually taken from secular (sometimes bawdy) songs, then quoted and varied at will; the best examples imbued the music with a spirituality not found...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Basilique of Saint Quentin, Saint-Quentin, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France
De la Tour, Quentin [One of his hands and stone of his head in a shrine] b. September 5, 1704 d. February 17, 1788 Artist. A French Rococo portrait painter who worked primarily with pastels, he is remembered for his portraits of prominent French citizens of his era, including Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet), Jean-Jacques Rosseau, King Louis XV, and Madame de Pompadour (Jeanne Antoinette Poisson). Born in Saint-Quentin, Aisne, Picardy, France, his father was a musician who objected to his pursuit of painting. At age 15, he went to Paris, France where he studied with Flemish painter Jacques Spoede. After...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Basilique of Saint Quentin, Saint-Quentin, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France
Dimmer, John Henry Stephen b. October 9, 1883 d. March 21, 1918 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. He received the award on January 13, 1915 for his actions on November 12, 1914 while a lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion The King's Royal Rifle Corps of the British Army at Klein Zillebeke, Belgium during the First Battle of Ypres. Born in Lambeth, Surrey, England he joined the British Army at the beginning of World War I in July 1914 and had been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel at the time of his death. He was killed in combat at Marteville...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Vadencourt British Cemetery, Maissemy, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France Plot: II.B.46.
Dumas, Thomas-Alexandre b. March 25, 1762 d. February 26, 1806 French Army General. Father of Alexandre Dumas (père) and grandfather of Alexandre Dumas (fils). The son of Alexandre-Antoine Davy de la Pailleterie and a Haitian slave, he enlisted in the French army in 1786 under the name Thomas-Alexandre Dumas. In 1789 his regiment was sent to Villers-Cotterêts, where he met Marie-Louise Labouret; they married in 1792. Dumas showed tremendous courage as a soldier during the French Revolution and he was made a general at age 31, though his outspokeness...[Read More] (Bio by: Shalom, Rivka) Communal Cemetery of Villers-Cotterêts, Villers-Cotterets, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France
Kilmer, Joyce (Alfred Joyce) b. December 6, 1886 d. July 30, 1918 Poet. Most remembered for his 1913 poem "Trees", he was educated at Rutgers College and was a graduate of Columbia University in 1908. He had a brief career as a teacher before he moved on to his vocation of journalism. From 1909 to 1912, he worked on the staff of "The Standard Dictionary" (a division of the Funk and Wagnalls Publishing Company) in New York City, and became a special writer for the "New York Times Sunday Magazine." He enjoyed writing poetry, essays, and critical reviews of...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Cause of death: Killed in action by sniper during WWI Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial, Fere-en-Tardenois, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France Plot: Plot B, Row 9, Grave 15
Mouton, Jean b. 1459 d. October 30, 1522 Composer. A leading French musician of the Renaissance, best known for his motets. According to most sources Mouton was born near Haut-Wignes, France, and studied music and theology at the Church of Notre Dame in Nesle, becoming master of the chapel there in 1583. This was followed by tenures as choirmaster at Amiens Cathedral and the Church of St. Andre in Grenoble. From 1502 Mouton was official court composer to Kings Louis XII and Francois I, providing secular as well as sacred music for...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Basilique of Saint Quentin, Saint-Quentin, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France
O'Shea, Corp. Thomas E. b. April 18, 1895 d. September 29, 1918 World War I Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War I as a Corporal in the Machine Gun Company of the 107th Infantry, 27th Division and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism on September 29, 1918 at Le Catelet, France. His CMOH citation reads "Becoming separated from their platoon by a smoke barrage, Cpl. O'Shea, with 2 other soldiers, took cover in a shell hole well within the enemy's lines. Upon hearing a call for help...[Read More] (Bio by: Soorus) Somme American Cemetery and Memorial, Bony, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France Plot: B-16-14
Ranken, Harry Sherwood b. September 3, 1883 d. September 25, 1914 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. During World War I, he was a member of the British Army and Captain of the Royal Army Medical Corps 1st Battalion Unit. In the late evening and early morning hours of September 19 to September 20, 1914, he was attending the sick and wounded under the hazardous battlefield conditions of flying shrapnel and rifle fire. While performing his duties, he was severely wounded in the leg. He didn't let this stop him as he simply bound up the injury and continued to...[Read More] (Bio by: Whispers From The Grave) Braine Communal Cemetery, Braine, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France Plot: A.43.
Slovik, Pvt. Eddie (Edward Donald) [original burial site] b. February 18, 1920 d. January 31, 1945 World War II United States Army Soldier. He was the last United States Solider to be executed for desertion, and the only soldier to be executed for this crime during World War II. He was a member of Company G, 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, and had deserted them in late October 1944, right after he had joined the division as a replacement from the United States. The division had just finished leaving the Battle of the Hurtengen Forest, where it had taken heavy casualties...[Read More] Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial, Fere-en-Tardenois, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France Plot: Plot E, Row 3, Grave 65
Soissons Memorial Located in the town of Soissons, in the Aisne area of France, the World War I, memorial was unveiled by General Sir Hamilton Gordon on July 22, 1928. The memorial lists 3,887 names of British soldiers with no known grave who were killed in the area from May to August 1918, during the Spring Offensive against the Germany Army. The monument also is commemorated to those whom fought in the Second Battle of Marne and Third Battle of the Aisne in 1918. (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Soissons Memorial, Soissons, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France
Vann, Bernard William b. July 9, 1887 d. October 3, 1918 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Rushden, England, he was an ordained Reverend at the start of the war and tried to enter the army as a chaplain. He was unwilling to wait for a chaplain position to become available so he enlisted in the infantry and served as a Lieutenant Colonel in command of the 1/8 Battalion Sherwood Foresters, British Army. On September 29, 1918, Lieutenant Colonel Vann led his Battalion in an attack against the Germans at Bellenglise and Lehaucourt France. On...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Bellicourt British Cemetery, Bellicourt, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France Plot: II.O.1.
Weathers, Lawrence Carthage b. May 14, 1890 d. September 29, 1918 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in New Zealand, he served as a Corporal in the 43rd Battalion, Australian Imperial Forces. On September 2, 1918, the day after the capture of Mont St Quentin, France, Corporal Weathers was with a party of men sent in to clear remaining enemy positions at Peronne. When he and his comrades came suddenly came under an attack by a strongly held enemy trench, Corporal Weathers went forward alone with bombs. Then, returning to his lines for a further bombs...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Unicorn Cemetery, Vendhuile, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France Plot: III.C.5
Wright, Theodore b. May 15, 1883 d. September 14, 1914 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. He received the award posthumously in November 1914 for his actions as a captain in the 57th Field Company, Corps of Royal Engineers, of the British Army on August 23, 1914 at Jemappes, Mons, Belgium and Vailly, Aube, France on September 14, 1914 during the early stage of World War I. Born in Brighton, East Sussex, England, he attended Clifton College at Bristol, England followed by the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich, London, England where he excelled...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Vailly British Cemetery, Vailly-sur-Aisne, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France Plot: II.B.21.