Ceremony for the dedication of the grave of Louis Joseph Heurt, 118th Infantry Regiment

On 8 September 2014 a ceremony was held at the French National Cemetery at Albert  to commemorate the burial of one of two identified French soldiers recovered by the La Boisselle Study Group during archaeological excavations in November 2013.

French National Cemetery, Albert

French National Cemetery, Albert

The two soldiers, who were discovered buried in the wall of a trench, were identified from their identity discs.  Privates Louis Joseph Heurt and Appolinaire Joachim Marie Ruelland, both of the 118th Infantry Regiment, were killed on 8 January 1915 during a German attack on the Ilôt at La Boisselle.  Louis Heurt’s remains were interred earlier this year at the French National Cemetery at Albert.  On 8 September 2014 a ceremony was held enabling family members to pay their respects, during which the plaque was formally fixed to the cross over his grave.

Anciens combattants provided standard bearers for the ceremony

Anciens combattants provided standard bearers for the ceremony

Descendants of Louis Heurt were in attendance, including his nephew M. Michel le Heurt.  Personal affects, including uniform buttons and other items found with the remains, were presented to M. le Heurt during the ceremony. These items had been passed to the ONAC (Office National des Anciens Combattants et Victimes de Guerre) by the LBSG when the remains were recovered in November 2013.  A number of LBSG members were in attendance, including the archaeologists who carried out the excavation.

M. Bureau of ONAC conducts the ceremony

M. Bureau of ONAC conducts the ceremony

M. Le Heurt is presented with the artefacts found with his uncle's body by M. Quintin of ONAC

M. Le Heurt is presented with the artefacts found with his uncle’s body by M. Quintin of ONAC

LBSG team members and archaeologists with M. Michel le Heurt

LBSG team members and archaeologists with M. Michel le Heurt

Archaeologist Brian Powell and M. Michel le Heurt

Archaeologist Brian Powell and M. Michel le Heurt

Louis Joseph Heurt, 118th Infantry Regiment. Image reproduced with permission of Michel Le Heurt.

Louis Joseph Heurt, 118th Infantry Regiment. Image reproduced with permission of Michel Le Heurt.

The grave of Louis Joseph Heurt, 118th Infantry Regiment

The grave of Louis Joseph Heurt, 118th Infantry Regiment

At the request of his family, the remains of Appolinaire Ruelland will be buried at Tracy-le-Mont  alongside those of his brother. The ceremony is due to be held on 9 October 2014.

One Response to Ceremony for the dedication of the grave of Louis Joseph Heurt, 118th Infantry Regiment

  1. Having visited the site with Leger Tours it is sad that this wonderful project has appeared to have ground to a halt. I hope very much that in the future it will be sorted so that the memory of all who worked in the Great War there regardless of nationality can be realised in a positive framework and atmosphere.

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