|Joseph Ferdinand Belmont|
Croisé de FranceCrusader of France
|Born||13 August 1890|
|Died||28 December 1915(aged 25)|
|Place of birth||Lyon, Rhône-Alpes France|
|Place of death||Moosch, German Empire|
|Unit||11th Battalion of the Chasseurs Alpins|
Legion of Honour ChevalierCroix de Guerre with 3 palms
Joseph Ferdinand Belmont was born on 13 August 1890 in Lyon, France. He was among 8 children, seven sons and one daughter, born to Régis Belmont and Marie Josephine Marguerite Raillon.
He joined the Chasseurs Alpins in 1908.
From August to December 1915, Belmont wrote letters intended for his parents entitled Lettres d'un officier de chasseur alpine (Letters of an Alpine Hunters officer).
A confidant to the Belmont family, Henry Bordeaux, published excerpts from Belmont's letters in issue 1216 of the journal Le Correspondant dated 25 September 1916.
On 28 December 1915, at around 4(am) Captain Belmont was severely wounded by heavy artillery bombardment whereby shrapnel severed his right arm in the vicinity of Hirtzenstein, under Hartmannswillerkopf. He died later that day at an aid station in Moosch, Thann.
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