BORN 8 Sep 1817, Thionville, Moselle - DIED 18 Mar 1871, Paris|
BIRTH NAME Lecomte, Claude Martin
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 04, ligne 01, AB, 16)
Claude Martin was educated at the military academy of Saint Cyr. He joined the army and he was promoted to colonel in 1865. In 1869 he became second in command of the Prytanée National Militaire in La Flèche. He was promoted to Brigadier General in 1870 and served in the northen army under General Louis Faidherbe during the Franco-Prussian War. He was action at Amiens, St. Quentin and Pont-Noyelles. After the French capitulation he went back to Paris whete he became the commander of the sixth sector. After the capitulation of Paris in 1871 he bewcame the commander of the second sector.
He was about to leave Paris when on 18 March 1871 an uprising started against the goverment of Thiers. He was charted wuth retrieving cannons from Montmartre, but when he was there he was surrounded by a crownd that objected against the removal of the cannons. He ordered his soldiers to fire at the crownd, but they refused. He was captured by guardsmen and his own soldiers and in the late afternoon he was first beaten and then shot in the back. When some minutes later general Jacques Leon Clément-Thomas was recognized by the crowd he was thrown on top of Lecomte's body and killed as well. The bodies were left on the spot of the killing for two days. They were buried in a large tomb at Père Lachaise.
has a connection with Clément-Thomas, Jacques-Léonard
Gabrielli, Domenico, Dictionnaire Historique du Père-Lachaise, XVIIIe-XIXe siècles, Éditions de l'Amateur, Les, Paris, 2002
Claude Lecomte - Wikipedia