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<== Fotoalbum / Petrus Andreas Spinsemaille (1749-1833)
J.B. Spinsemaille 1788-1810
Soldier of Napoleon
|The descendants of
Petrus Andreas Spinsemaille
(Zwevegem Branch) told allways in their oral tradition that his oldest
son served as a soldier in the "Grande Armée" of Napoleon but died (
? in Russia) and did n't come back, even his first name became
unknown. True or false? But ... we found him as a Jan (Joannes
Baptista) Spincemaille (1788-1810) died on 1 November 1810 at an
age of 21 years in the military hospital of Brussels. He was a fuselier
of the 121th line regiment (F: régiment de ligne) of the
This 121th regiment of infantry was created in1794 and yet disbanded in 1796. Beginning 1809 the 121th reg. of infantry was again created and formed of parts of the reserve legions. It will fight till 1813 in Spain and was after that a part of the "Grande Armée" in Russia. It was disbanded in 1814.
It's not clear when J. B. Spinsemaille was engaged in this regiment and if he really fought in Spain.
Some pictures in relation to this 121th Regiment of Infantry
See a picture of a today staging
of fuseliers of the 45th line regiment.
Logo of the 121 regiment
Postcard of 1904 mentionning the battles in Spain: 1808-1811
|Regimental History||Regimental war records|
1794: Created "121e demi-brigade de bataille" (formed from the following)
1er bataillon, 62e Regiment d'Infanterie
1796: Disbanded and incorporated into "39e demi-brigade d'Infanterie de Ligne"
1er and 2e Legion de reserve
(or ? in January 1809 from the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Reserve Legions)
1795: Col de Tende
1809: Saragosse and Saint-Jean-de-la-Pena