With thanks to Alan Hewer whose post on Facebook Group Great War Reads inspired me to research Paul Linter.
Paul volunteered at the start of hostilities, joining the French Army and was sent to the 44th Regiment – 11th Battery – of the Artillery, who were based in Le Mans. Paul was at the forefront of the war from the start and was wounded in the hand on 22nd September 1914 fighting near Fresnières. The doctors in the Dressing Station he was taken to wanted to amputate his thumb, so he fled to another Field Ambulance where they managed to save his thumb. He was sent to recuperate at the Hospital in Mayenne, where he met fellow llawyer, journalist and writer Marcel Audibert (1883 – 1967), who was fighting with the 102nd Regiment of Infantry when he was also wounded.
While convalescing, Paul replaced Victor Bridoux, Director of the newspaper Mayenne-Journal, and published articles about the war. Promoted to the rank of Non Commissioned Officer on 1st April 1915 Paul was sent to the front to serve in Munitions, in spite of his hand wound. He began keeping a notebook of his impressions of the war. Paul was killed on 15th March 1916 at Jeandelaincourt (Meurthe-et-Moselle). His body was buried in the Cemetery at Faulx. However, after the war his family retrieved his body and it was placed in the family vault in Mayenne in 1921.
Paul Lintier’s wartime notebook was taken from his body on the field of battle by his comrades in arms and published as “Avec une batterie de 75 / le tube 1233: souvenirs d'un chef de pièce” (The translation of Chef de Pièce is detachment commander, gun captain, gun commander).
The obituary in the local newspaper states that Paul’s mother was President of the local association that helped war wounded and his uncle, Louis Lintier, was Mayor of Mayenne.
Mayenne is a department in northwest France named after the river Mayenne. Mayenne is part of the administrative region of Pays de la Loire and is surrounded by the departments of Manche, Orne, Sarthe, Maine-et-Loire, and Ille-et-Vilaine.
For anyone who is interested, Paul Lintier’s book about his wartime experiences is available to read in French on Archive:
|English translataions of the book|
You can find Alan Hewer’s post to the Facebook Group Great War Reads here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1841512742771711