27 November 2008

Last French WWI veteran dies

Pierre Picault, the last French veteran of WWI, died on 20 November, At the time of his death he was France's oldest man. Picault was called up on 15 April 1918 as 2nd class gunner in the 83rd Artillery.

Like Fernand Goux who died on 9 November Picault was not recognised as veterans by the French government as he fought less than the requisite three months. The last official veteran was Lazare Ponticelli who died in March.

Picault's death leaves just eight WWI veterans alive in the UK (4), Australia (2) and the USA (2)


Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Sad, the last men who can really tell the tale dying. Did you see the BBC prog about the oldest British WW1 veteran?

jams o donnell said...

Sadly the last of them will be dead in a couple of years. I missed that prog, I suppose it was about Henry Allingham