Lihons - Prince Murat

Historical Information (Wikipedia)

Louis Marie Joachim Napoléon Michel Murat, prince Murat, born September 8, 1896 in Rocquencourt (Yvelines), died for France on August 21, 1916 in Lihons (Somme).


Louis Murat is the great-great-grandson of Joachim Murat, of Marshal Ney, and of Marshal Berthier and the great-great-grand-nephew of Napoleon I, the wife of Joachim Murat being one of the sisters of the emperor, Caroline Bonaparte.


He is a volunteer (registration number 2771/308 - class 1916), housekeeper in the 5th regiment of cuirassiers on foot.  After a period of rest, his regiment was embarked by trucks on August 17, 1916 and went to the front during the night of 17-18 in the area of the village of Lihons1 - on the Santerre plateau, to the east of the Somme department. - during the Battle of the Somme, one of the deadliest in all of history2. He was killed there on August 21, 1916 north of Lihons. His regiment was relieved a few days later, on August 27.


We can read: "In this place, where he was killed, rests Louis Marie Michel Joachim Napoleon Prince Murat, born in Rocquencourt, Seine-et-Oise (today Les Yvelines), on September 8, 1896, volunteered, Maréchal des Logis in the 5th regiment of cuirassiers on foot, died for France on August 21, 1916, grand-nephew of Napoleon 1st, grandson of: Joachim Murat, volunteer, Marshal of France, Prince and Grand Admiral of the Empire French, Grand Duke of Berc and Cleves, King of Naples, commanded in chief the Grande Armée; of Michel Ney, volunteer, Marshal of France, Duke of Elchingen, Prince of the Moskva, the Brave des Braves; and of 'Alexandre Berthier, Marshal of France, Prince of Wagram, Sovereign Prince of Neuchatel and Valengin, Major General of the Drande Army. Like them, he served his homeland ".