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Villers-Marmery National Cemetery

La nécropole nationale de Villers-Marmery. © ECPAD

 

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Lying in the heart of the Champagne vineyards, Villers-Marmery National Cemetery holds the remains of soldiers who died for France during the battles that took place in this region. Soldiers who died at the ambulance centre set up in the village in 1915 are buried in this cemetery, which was to have been temporary and was due to be absorbed into Sept-Saulx Cemetery in 1920. Thanks to a petition to the public authorities made by Mademoiselle Hazon de Saint-Firmin, a woman deeply attached to the grave of a soldier buried in this cemetery, Villers-Marmery National Cemetery was maintained and developed over the following years. This initiative meant that other bereaved families could come on pilgrimage and pay tribute to the memory of these soldiers. Exceptionally, Mademoiselle Hazon de Saint-Firmin was also granted the right by the military authorities to leave part of her fortune for the perpetual upkeep of the cemetery. The cemetery was renovated in 2013 and 523 people are now buried here in individual graves.

 

  • La nécropole nationale de Villers-Marmery. © ECPAD

  • La nécropole nationale de Villers-Marmery. © ECPAD

  • La nécropole nationale de Villers-Marmery. © ECPAD

  • La nécropole nationale de Villers-Marmery. © ECPAD

  • La nécropole nationale de Villers-Marmery. © ECPAD

  • Fantassins français en manœuvre dans un champ. Vêtus d'un pantalon rouge garance et capote gris de fer bleuté, les soldats français, au début de la guerre, restent des plus exposés aux tirs des mitrailleuses  © Collection particulière FBN - DR

  • Aux alentours de Reims, soldats français en position dans un vignoble. © Collection particulière FBN - DR

  • Tranchées et défense dans le vignoble à Verzenay. © ECPAD

  • Soldats français transportés dans une voiture ambulance stationnée devant l'unité sanitaire de Villers-Marmery. © ECPAD

  • Cimetière militaire de Villers-Marmery en 1920. © MINARM/SGA/DPMA

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    Villers-Marmery
    Au nord de Châlons-en-Champagne, D 37

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