Rene Mouchotte

Jan Leeming

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 8th May 2011


Owen and Mireille have worked so hard to help me with my researches a propos Rene Mouchotte. Mireille spent half a day researching the Grave Number and phoning the Department which oversees the Tombs/Graves in Pere La Chaise. Sadly after all her efforts we were told that information was blocked. We are now wondering if the Maintenance of the Tomb might be under the auspices of the Military.

Mireille finally made contact a 'Rene Mouchotte' who was absolutely charming. She explained my mission and my desire to make a documentary and then we spoke. He is from another branch of the Mouchotte family and knew little about his namesake but appeared to be interested to find out more - so I shall continue until I reach a complete dead end. I know Rene's sister Jacqueline had two sons who would now be in their early 70's but they could be living anywhere in France. During the war, Rene's mother and his sister were living in Bergerac.

Apparently there are some seventy Mouchottes living in France. I couldn't possibly contact them all and my French simply isn't good enough to conduct a complicated conversation. Today we are going to visit the Chateau de Vincennes and on our way back we will seek out the birthplace of Rene at St. Mande. There is a plaque on the house where he was born but, on the photos I've seen on the Internet, it is unreadable. So I shall take my own photos. I know that a dozen or so French people tune in to my Blog each week, so if anyone can aid with my research, I would be most grateful.

Au revoir, Jan


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