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Peace for Friedrich Brandt

Postby Mark » June 3rd, 2015, 7:46 am

We normally steer clear of modern day politics on the forum but I believe the below is one of those rare exceptions. Please do have a read and if you agree sign the petition.

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Realize a dignified burial for a young soldier killed at the Battle of Waterloo 1815 whose remains are currently on public display at the Lion’s Mound Museum & Visitor Centre in Belgium.

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Re: Peace for Friedrich Brandt

Postby Dominique T. » June 3rd, 2015, 7:48 am

I would have preferred a burial in a tomb, but I fear that if he is removed from the "mémorial", his bones will end up in the ossuary where they will disappear very soon, since it is often robbed.
That would be far worse.
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Re: Peace for Friedrich Brandt

Postby Josh&Historyland » June 3rd, 2015, 3:13 pm

I have signed. I would hope he is interred in a cemetery, harder to rob what is in clear view.

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Re: Peace for Friedrich Brandt

Postby Louis » June 4th, 2015, 11:17 am

There is also a French Hussar in the museum at Le Calliou that has been there for many years.
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Re: Peace for Friedrich Brandt

Postby Josh&Historyland » June 4th, 2015, 4:18 pm

I heard about the French Hussar two days ago, it's very good that the campaign has raised awareness like this. I therefore mentioned this "Unknown Soldier" in my post.

https://adventuresinhistoryland.wordpress.com/2015/06/03/peace-for-friedrich-brandt/

I hope that if the PFFB campaign is successful the French soldier will maybe be buried too. Either in a cemetery in France or at Waterloo somewhere.

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Re: Peace for Friedrich Brandt

Postby Mark » June 4th, 2015, 5:31 pm

If Rob's PFFB campaign is successful, it will set a precedent for all museums with skeletons of soldiers on display!

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Re: Peace for Friedrich Brandt

Postby Andrew » June 7th, 2015, 8:35 pm

I signed the petition. I have just got back from a weekend at the battlefield. The new visitors centre is excellent; particularly the 3D film. However, his skeleton and few surviving possessions remain there. I hope this will be sorted.
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Re: Peace for Friedrich Brandt

Postby Mark » June 7th, 2015, 8:47 pm

They seem determined to keep his remains on public display. I wonder if their attitude will soften following the 200th anniversary events?

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Re: Peace for Friedrich Brandt

Postby Dominique T. » June 8th, 2015, 1:34 pm

The so-called "Jérôme", the French hussar is not a complete skeleton, but built from at least 2 different skeletons (as the colour of the bones show).

There are also 4 skulls in the Mémorial. They have been on display in the wax museum for at least 60 years.
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Re: Peace for Friedrich Brandt

Postby Josh&Historyland » June 8th, 2015, 4:12 pm

Like I said an "unknown soldier memorial" would not go amiss.

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