Rip Madame Jacqueline Quentin Mouchotte

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R.I.P. Madame Jacqueline Quentin-Mouchotte

Date: 7th June 2012

I had the honour and pleasure of meeting this lovely lady on two occasions.

After leaving my letter in the tomb of her brother, the WWII Fighter Pilot René Mouchotte, and the subsequent meeting with her and some of her family in December last year, it was then discovered that René and Henry Lafont (and possibly the other 11 names on the Wall of Remembrance at Capel-le-Ferne) had not received their Battle of Britain Medals.

The omission was rectified and I went to Paris on May 10th to present the medals to her in the presence of her family.  Ian Reed. who had worked so hard to uncover News film of René and the Celebration Ball to honour René, Jack Charles and the Biggin Hill Fighter Station, was instrumental in obtaining the paper work and the medals.  He had also put together a short film which he kindly called 'Searching for René' after my five years of work on the subject.  I shall always remember the delight of Madame Quentin as she declared in French 'Wonderful, how wonderful to see my brother alive after all this time'.

The dear lady was 101 and had been in poor health for some months.  Sadly she passed away on Tuesday June 5th.

I met her the day after her 101st birthday last year and on leaving her lovely apartment she presented me with a copy of the Unexpurgated version of Mes Carnets printed in French of course and published in 2000.  She wrote a lovely inscription inside the book for me and it is a very treasured possession.  However much I have to downsize my books (twice in the last ten years) Mes Carnets with it's touching words from her to me will never leave my bookshelves.

If there is an afterlife I can only imagine her joy at being reunited with members of her family who pre-deceased her and, of course, her much loved brother René Mouchotte.

Madame Quentin-Mouchotte and two of her daughters with their husbands and Hubert de Lisle married to her youngest daughter who was unable to be with us due to ill health.

R.I.P.  Madame Jacqueline Quentin-Mouchotte

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