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Joseph Ferdinand Belmont
Nickname

Croisé de France

Crusader of France
Born (1890-08-13)13 August 1890
Died 28 December 1915(1915-12-28) (aged 25)
Place of birth Lyon, Rhône-Alpes France
Place of death Moosch, German Empire
Allegiance  France (1908–1915)
Service/branch French Army
Rank Captain
Unit 11th Battalion of the Chasseurs Alpins
Battles/wars

World War I

Awards

Legion Honneur Chevalier ribbon.svg Legion of Honour Chevalier

Croix de Guerre with 3 palms

Ferdinand Belmont (1890 - 1915) was a French captain of the 11th Battalion of the Chasseurs Alpins (Alpine Hunters). He died during the Battle of Hartmannswillerkopf.

Early life[]

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.

Letters[]

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.

Death[]

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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