On the front of this medal is written ‘Pour le roi, pour le drapeau, ma Jeannette, à l’assaut’, ‘for the king, for the flag, my Jeanette, the assault’. This is an alternative version of a popular French song ‘Si tu veux … Marguerite’ from 1913.
Jeannette is the nickname given by soldiers from Walloon, the French-speaking part of southern Belgium, to their bayonet. French soldiers used Rosalie as a nickname. There is a bayonet depicted on the back.
- Full title:
- Ma Jeannette
- Held by:
- Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België (Bibliotheque Royale de Belgique)
- © Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België (Bibliotheque Royale de Belgique)
- Article by:
- Dan Todman
- Representation and memory
Dr Dan Todman considers how remembrance and memorialisation have been used by nations and communities to negotiate the overwhelming losses of World War One.