2018. Centenary of the armistice. The photo of a stele is located in the hall of honor of the 1st RA of Bourogne, in the Territory of Belfort. Colonel Alexandre Lesueur, head of the regimental body, asks one of his officers, Lieutenant Timothée, to know the story of this stele, which has been forgotten by everyone. After a year of research, both in the military and in the civil archives, this history enthusiast has pulled the thread … and what a destiny! The story will know its epilogue this Sunday, 11 November 2018.
1911. Engineer, François Aubry travels to Peru to open a copper mine, 200 kilometers from the capital, Lima, in a village called Huaron.
1914. War breaks out. For patriotism, he returned to France, leaving his wife pregnant in Peru. It is incorporated into the first artillery regiment of Bourogne, in the Territory of Belfort. Lieutenant, he is willing to fight at the front, to give his men an example. No question of being quietly in the back. He was hit by a grenade on December 25, 1914 at the age of 35. François Aubry will never know his son.
Thanks to the struggle of his widow, he receives posthumously the Croix de Guerre and the Legion of Honor.
1915. In Huaron, his Peruvian employees, touched by his sacrifice, and to pay tribute to their protector, whom they appreciated, erected a stele in his memory, facing the Huaron mine. It is 3 meters tall.
2018. This Sunday, 11 November 2018, a French delegation will visit Lima, the capital of Peru, and Huaron. The soldiers of the 1st RA of Bourogne will travel, just like the descendants of François Aubry. Yes, this son who never knew his father had a son in his turn, Gilles, and so is the nephew of François Aubry, with his wife, who goes to Peru.
Report this family story that joins the great story, with the testimony of Gilles Aubry-Marais, nephew of François Aubry.