Langlois family members who served in the Great War

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Langlois family members who served in the Great War


George Langlois

Five members of the family were killed in World War One and another 14 saw active service

The dates shown are often birth or baptism dates from our database, not necessarily those shown on service records, and parishes shown are parish of birth, where known, not the parish in which individuals were living when they joined up.

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This photograph, taken in 1917, shows the family of Alfred Langlois (1861-1935)and his wife Victorine, nee Lelion (1863-1949), reunited with the return from war service for a brief period of home leave of Sergeants Georges and Henri Langlois. The picture was sent to us by a Langlois descendant who said that it was published on the cover of the April 2006 Journal of the Channel Island Family History Society. The Journal's caption for the photograph said that the brothers were both in the Intelligence Department of the Jersey Contingent. However, neither is listed in the database of Contingent members and it appears that these are the Georges and Henri shown below as sergeants in the Manchester Regiment and Royal Fusiliers, respectively. Before being sent this photograph we had not been able to discover any details of the brothers' family. By combining the information in the Journal with census returns and French records, we have been able to piece together family details. The photograph shows Georges (1890- ) (left), his wife Berthe, nee Le Miere; Alfred; Victorine, with George and Berthe's daughter Yvonne on her knee; and Henri (1893-1949), with his younger brother Alfred and sister Madeleine (1896-1969) in front of him. Service records suggest that both brothers worked in intelligence and were formerly in the Royal Militia Island of Jersey, although they joined the Army before the Jersey Contingent was formed. Details of the background of this branch of the Langlois family were hard to find. The 1911 census showed the family living at 63 New St John's Road. Georges was 21 and an 'epysgraph' operator. Also living at home were his brother Henri and sister Madeleine. The youngest son, Alfred, was not born until 1912. He was the Fred Langlois who founded Langlois Home Furnishings and Auction Rooms in Don Road. We were initially unable to find a marriage record for Alfred and Victorine. The census return shows that Alfred was born in St Helier, and that his father came from Avranches in Normandy, which might suggest that Alfred, and his children, were baptised in a Catholic church. Victorine was born in Paris and her family came from St Sauveur de Pierrepont. French online sources eventually revealed that they were married in Jersey on 18 January 1888, presumably in a Catholic church. Victorine was the daughter of Jean Louis Augustin Lelion and Victorine Marie Lenoir.

Sons of Alfred Langlois and Victorine

  • George Alfred Langlois (1890- )(St H), Sgt, Manchester Regiment
  • Henri Victor Langlois (1893-1949)(St H), Sgt, Royal Fusiliers

  • Harold George Langlois (1892- ) (St H) son of Alfred Desire Louis and Isabella Ann Le Rouley, Pioneer RE, ex-RMIJ
  • Jack Vincent Langlois (1899- ) (St H) son of John James and Amy Eliza Vincent Le Gatais, Private, Wiltshire Regiment
  • James Walter Langlois (Gr), husband of Eliza Mabel Burton, Private, Dorsetshire Regiment
  • John Francis Langlois (St B), Private, Wiltshire Regiment
  • Louis Arthur Langlois (Cardiff), Jersey mother, Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery
  • Rene Auffray Langlois (St H), Gunner, Royal Field Artillery
  • Thomas William Langlois (1885- ) (St P), RNAS, Sgt RAF
  • Winter Philip Langlois (Gr), Private, Machine Gun Corps, wounded, PoW
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