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Paul Chancourt Girardot

Paul Chancourt Girardot

2nd Lieutenant 2nd Battalion Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Died 16 September 1914 aged 18
Remembered on Seale War Memorial
Remembered on a tablet in St Paul’s Church Tongham
Buried in Soupir Churchyard, France, where his gravestone is inscribed
“In most loving memory of my beloved child – Mother”

De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour records that Paul was born 17 November 1895, and that he was the only son of Lt Col John Francis Girardot (43rd Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) and his wife Mary, daughter of James Evans of Trevaughan, Carmarthen. The 1901 census records that he was living in Southampton with his parents, and his father was 72 and retired. The 1911 census records that he was then a boarder at Cheltenham College.

Paul went to France 12 August 1914 and was killed at the battle of the Aisne. His medals card records that in 1917 Mrs Girardot applied for his 1914 Star. His father had died in 1902. The Bond of Sacrifice records that Paul was killed near Soupir-sur-Aisne by the bursting of a shell while resting in a shell hole with his Company; and that many others were killed or wounded by the same shell.

Image reproduced with kind permission of Find My Past (

Painting of 2nd Lt Paul Girardot on the BBC Your Paintings website

Tongham Great War Roll of Honour

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