The national necropolis of Sommepy-Tahure
La nécropole nationale de Sommepy-Tahure. © ECPAD
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The national necropolis of Sommepy-Tahure is situated on a hillside and contains 2,201 Frenchmen (721 in an ossuary). The cemetery was redesigned between 1920 and 1924 to bring together the remains of soldiers exhumed from isolated graves and temporary municipal cemeteries in Burgundy, Saint-Clément-à-Arnes and Warmeriville. Among the combatants lies the body of Michel Coiffard (grave 1027), who, after being discharged due to injury, managed to enlist in the air force, joining 154 squadron and winning his first victory in September 1917. Winning fame in the skies above the Champagne region, he succeeded in downing 33 German observation balloons. On 28th October 1918 he received a serious chest injury and, despite landing without mishap, he died in Bergnicourt in the Ardennes.
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