Tribute to General Gudin at the Hôtel National des Invalides, 2 December 2021

On Thursday 2 December 2021 at 11am, General Gudin (César-Charles-Etienne, comte GUDIN DE LA SABLONNIÈRE (1768-1812), division general) was given military funeral honours at the Hôtel National des Invalides in Paris in the presence of Geneviève Darrieussecq, Minister Delegate to the French Minister of the Armed Forces, in charge of Remembrance and Veterans.

Gudin was buried in the Governors’ vault of Les Invalides, on this day of commemoration of the coronation and consecration of Napoleon I in 1804 (the “Sacre”) and of the battle of Austerlitz in 1805.

The Fondation Napoléon was represented at this ceremony by Irène Delage, head of the Documentation and Digital Communication Service, and by Alexandra Mongin, delegate for General Administration.

The General was mortally wounded at the Battle of Valutina Gora during the Russian Campaign and was buried in Smolensk in August 1812. His remains were re-discovered in the summer of 2019 and officially identified later that year by the Marseille department of French forensic police.

Press review of this hommage (links in French)

  • Tribute to General Gudin on December 2, 2021 : Arrival of the Minister Delegate Mrs. Darrieussecq, in the presence of the Governor of the Invalides, General Christophe de Saint Chamas, photo © Irène Delage
  • Tribute to General Gudin on December 2, 2021: the remains of General Gudin are taken to the crypt to join the Governors' vault, photo © Irène Delage


8 December 2021