Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1914, Second Lieutenant Paul Chancourt Girardot, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, was killed in action near Soupir-sur-Aisne.
His widowed mother’s only child, he was educated at Ashampton School in Eastbourne, and Cheltenham College. His father was Lieutenant Colonel John Francis Girardot, who had died when his son was six years old. (Lieutenant Colonel Girardot had joined the army in 1847, fought in the Kaffir Wars and was named a hero when he saved many lives after the sinking of the troopship H.M.S. Birkenhead in 1852).
Second Lieutenant Girardot received is commission in February of 1914. It was during the Battle of the Aisne that he lost his life, along with many others, when they were shelled as his company was about to relieve a company of the Coldstream Guards, and between the two companies over a hundred of various ranks were killed or wounded.
The stained glass window in the photograph above was commissioned in his honour and can be found in the Holy Trinity Church in Kensington. He is also rememberd on a tabled in St. Paul’s Church in Tongham, Surrey. He lies buried in the Soupir churchyard in France, and on his headstone are the words, “In most loving memory of my beloved child”.
Paul, from Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshire, was 18 years old.