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Local people


Here you will find names of some people of Vignacourt, called "Vignacouriers". They distinguished themselves in their civil and military actions, and or job.




BOURY Pierre François (1849 - ):

Doctor as of 1871, at Vignacourt in 1907. Native from Cardonette village, close to Allonville.... He was friend with a photograph expert located to Paris.


COPIN Charles (Auguste):

He was former mayor of Vignacourt, before 1881. He then served as justice of the peace as substitute for the township of Picquigny.


CROGNIER Emile (1883-1940):

Officer of the French Army, Military Cross and Knight of the Legion of Honour. M. CROGNIER fought in the first and second world war with bravery. He was wounded several times. He died in a bombardment in Meurthe-et-Moselle the 18th of June 1940. Other infos on this page of : Association «Mémoire Lorraine 1939 – 1940».

Plaque Emile Crognier

Plate of the street Commandant Emile Crognier - near the church.


CRONIER François:

Born in 1751. He participated to the American War of Independence. He was enrolled the 19 March 1777.



Born in 1752 at Vignacourt. Renowned fencing instructor at the military school of Brienne from 1776 to 1793. He crossed swords with Napoleon-Bonaparte. In fact, he was his master of arms. Later became policeman in the Aube region.


DENEUX Louis-Charles:

Doctor, surgeon specialist midwife. He was born in 1767 à Heilly, village located at 18 miles from Vignacourt. He died in 1846. He followed surgeon courses at Paris from 1782 to 1789. He lived with his uncle Baudelocque, too was born at Heilly.

Freshly graduated, he moved to Vignacourt, but he did not remain for long time, he have competition from another surgeon already established in the village. Close to the French revolution, he enterred the army as assistant major in the 3st Bn of the Somme region ; then in 1794 he became Major surgeon. After this military part, he moved to Albert city in 1795 (20 mi from Vignacourt). His marriage allow him to embed aristocratic families. He evolved rapidly to various positions, from St-Charles Hospital to Hôtel-Dieu Hospital. Until to work for the royal family, for the Duchesse Dubarry. He was appointed Knight of the Legion the 30 september 1820.

Dr Deneux

Portrait of Louis-Charles Deneux of the Academy of Medicine
with the authorization of the Interuniversity Library of Health, www.biusante.parisdescartes.fr


Born in 1747. Enrolled the October 20th 1765 in the regiment of "Bourbonnais" in the American war of independence. Death at Les Invalides à Paris.


GAMARD Espérance:

Painter. He succeeded his father Joseph GAMARD. He made some paintings in the church in the 1930s. He signed by GAMARD E. his achievements.



Born in 1762. Died on August 11th, 1784. Saintonge regiment in the American War of independence.


GIFFO Alexandre (1886 - 1932):

Native from Brittany, Alexandre settled in Vignacourt before the first world war to practice the profession of doctor. People had great respect for him. He lived near the pond. He married in August 1916.

He died at the age of 46 years old trying to save a child from drowning. He threw himself into the pond but he was a victim of a congestion. The child was rescued by his employee: Mrs Georgette HOUDRON.


medallion in memory of Dr Alexandre GIFFO


GODARD-DUBUC Isidore (1791 - 1873):

He was born in 1791 in a modest family. His father : Theodore Pierre Valentin was yarn merchant manufacturer. His mother's name was Rosalie DUBUC.

Worker and clever, his efforts were successful. He received the following awards: Knight of the royal order of the legion of honor - 1821. He made build the Vignacourt new church. He made a knight of the Legion of Honor, at 23 officer in 1823 orders of Charles III, in 1852, appointed director of the crown's monuments.

He rendered many services to the Vignacourt municipality. He lived in Paris but he wished to be buried with his family.

Statue Godard Dubuc

Monument at the memory of M. Godard-Dubuc.


LECLERCQ Denis (1855 - 1932):

Parish priest of Vignacourt during the first world war from 1906 to 1920. He took over from Abbe Rousselle, pastor of church from 1899 until 1906, the year of death.

Abbe LECLERCQ was staying with his sister Marie Leclercq in the village. Their parents lived near the Amiens cathedral and belfry originally.

He was before to Longpré-les-Corps-Saints  (1881-1882), Lincheux-Hallivillers (1882-1892), Port-le-Grand (1892-1906), after Vignacourt at Amiens. He is buried in the Amiens Madeleine cemetery.



LECOINTE Marie-Madeleine:

Marie-Madeleine was born in 1803 in our village, she as worked as midwife more than 35 years. She received a Prize of Honors in 1865, as demonstrated by the silver case below, engraved on this occasion.

In this year 2017, more than 150 years later, this small object is located in the United Kingdom held by Mr. CAMERON an antique silver from London.


Photos courtesy of Peter CAMERON - www.petercameronantiquesilver.com



PRUVOST Emile-Odile:

Native of Halloy-les-Pernois village, he was roadmender of Vignacourt. He saved M. Florent RHETORE from drowning one evening. The miller, aged over 70, wanted to collect water but he slipped into the pond in Follemprise street. It was a difficult rescue by a freezing cold (February 1887).


PRUVOST Théophile-Désiré:

He helped 2 young boys, who had disappeared under the ice, in the middle of the waterhole. He was roadmender of Vignacourt, (communal employee) (January 1886).


RINUY Henri (1873 - 1945):

He was born in the Nord Pas-de-Calais region. He was Doctor. (His father was telegraph operator). He moved to Vignacourt the 31st of October 1907. His house was located near the church (street godard Dubuc).

He was located previously at Flesselles (the birthplace of his wife). There is also a street with his name over there. (4 miles from Vignacourt). He was very appreciated at Flesselles and Vignacourt.

He was committed volunteer in the french army as of 1893. His wife died in July 1937. He died in Germany at Buchenwald in March 1945.


ROUSSELLE Joseph Pierre Antoine (1837 - 1906):

Native from Mametz. He was priest of Vignacourt in 1899. He is buried in the central path of the Vignacourt cemetery. The plate is a marked with latin words "requiescat in pace".


THUILLIER, Alfred (1839- 1912):

President of the general council and senator of the Seine. He created a company in Paris, with his brother, in the area of plumbing in 1879. He became municipal councillor in 1893 and finally president of the General Council of the Seine.




THUILLIER Louis (1886 - 1931):

Louis was born in 1886. He grew up in a family of farmers. He was interested in mechanics with the management of a fleet of agricultural machinery and repair of Peugeot cycles. Louis Thuillier had a passion for photography.

From 1915 to 1920 Louis and Antoinette Thuillier will make several soldiers' photographies with different nationalities and local people. Valuable evidence for these soldiers and our village. The collection is considered by specialists as a major discovery in the history of the first world war.

Invest in a good camera was not enough to make beautiful photos. Louis and Antoinette had real phographer's skills, a way to see things, to apprehend the staging. They have invested for that in a backdrop... If you compare other photos made at the time, you will understand the quality of these photos.

Louis Thuiller



THUILLIER-BURIDARD Paul (1871 - 1926):

Vignacourt mayor and general councillor and Senator of the Somme (Picardy) and industrial. He developed the French Society of Fishing Nets founded by his father.

Paul Thuillier-Buridard




WALLET Florent-Clodomir (1843 - 1909):

He was born at Fourdrinoy (village 5 mi from Vignacourt) in 1843.

He wife was native from Vignacourt. He worked as pharmacist at Amiens, from 1870 to 1892, place St Martin, near the Cathedral of Amiens. He was also a professor appreciated, professor to the school of Medicine and Pharmacy of Amiens. He submitted a thesis in pharmacy in Paris 1869.

Afterwards, he left Amiens for Vignacourt (street "du sac", near the pond). The Dr BOURY was present at his funeral in the Vignacourt's church, end 1909.


Wallet pharmacie