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Peninsular War Cemeteries and graves at Bayonne

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » April 19th, 2014, 4:08 pm

In addition to the two ‘English’ cemeteries at Bayonne, viewtopic.php?f=66&t=2128 the grave of three 1st Guards officers is in the garden of the former home of Bayonne mayor at Barroilhet. Lt.Col. Samuel Martin, Capt. Charles Thompson and Capt. Henry Watson were killed there on the morning of December 12th. The Battle of St. Pierre on the 13th.
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In Arcangues churchyard is a stone with this text in French and in English:
A la mémoire / des soldats anglais et français /qui sont tombes sur le champ d’honneur / dans les batailles de la Nive les 1011,et 12 decembre 1813 / ensevelis dan ce cimetière
To mark the resting place of brave men / this cross was placed here/ by Lt.Col. W. Hill James / late 31st regiment / april 1897 the 60th year of the reign of queen Victoria
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A monument to Marshal Soult, la Crox de Mouguerre, was erected on a hilltop overlooking Bayonne in 1917. They may well have planned to erect the monument in 1914 as a centennial tribute to the Marshal who commanded the French troops at the end of the Peninsular War.
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