Lieutenant, French Army
Born: January 20th 1891
Died: September 1914
Age at Death: 23
Killed in action, Mons, Belgium, September 1914
A donation has been made to the memorial statue in honour of this soldier by an Abraham House leaver 2016.
Private Louis Paul Veyrier-Montagneres (Hampden House 1909-1910)
Louis Paul Veyrier-Montagneres (known to the College as ‘Paul’) was born in Bordeaux, France on 20 January 1891. He was the second son and third child of James Veyrier-Montagneres, Mayor of Arcachon, France from 1897-1922, and his wife Mathilde (nee Mateo-petit), a nurse. It is unclear why Veyrier-Montagneres spent a year at the College but it was probably to learn English as the last stage of his education.
In 1911, after leaving the College, he was conscripted into the 18eme regiment d’infanterie of the French Army. It appears that on the outbreak of war in 1914 he was still serving in the same regiment, probably as a result of the famous three-year law passed in 1913 which extended the term of conscription in France from two to three years in response to the declining birth rate. It was with this regiment, which formed part of the French 36th Division that he was killed in action on the Aisne on September 18th 1914 during the allied advance which followed the Battle of the Marne.
Unfortunately, it has not been possible to ascertain where Veyrier-Montagneres is buried owing to the lack of a central French War Graves register. He is, however, listed and commemorated in the register of French war dead available through the French Ministry of Defence.
Source: LEST WE FORGET Project, Brighton College 2014-15