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Local people


Here you will find the 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 a friend with a photograph expert located in Paris.



He served as mayor during the Second World War. Jules Boutard was Town Councillor during this period.


COPIN Charles (Auguste):

He was mayor of Vignacourt during the war of 1870. He then served as substitute justice of the peace, for the township of Picquigny. 



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 a 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, also born at Heilly.

Freshly graduated, he moved to Vignacourt, but not for a long time, because he was in competition with another surgeon already established in the village. Close to the French revolution, he entered the army as an assistant major in the 3rd 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 allowed 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.

Portrait of Louis-Charles Deneux of the Academy of Medicine

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


GAMARD Espérance:

He worked as a painter, succeeding his father Joseph GAMARD.


GIFFO Alexandre (1886 - 1932):

Native from Brittany, Alexandre settled in Vignacourt before the first world war to practice the profession of a 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 stroke. The child was rescued by his employee: Mrs Georgette HOUDRON.

Medallion in memory of Dr Alexandre GIFFO

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.

A hard-working and clever, his efforts have been crowned with success. He has received the following awards: Knight of the Royal Order of the Legion of Honor, Knight of the Order of Saint Ferdinand of Spain, Medal of the Commander of the Order of Nichan Iftikhar.

He has rendered many services to the municipality of Vignacourt. He lived in Paris but wanted to be buried with his family. He died on May 1873.

Monument at the memory of M. Godard-Dubuc

Column built in 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 the 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 a midwife for 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.

 a metal carrying case

Photos courtesy of Peter CAMERON - www.petercameronantiquesilver.com

2Mrs Lecointe, Vignacourt midwife


LEFEBVRE François:

Born in 1706 in Vignacourt and died in Amiens in 1783. He was a rider of the Picardy Marechaussee. Horseman for more than 40 years.  


LEFEVRE Nicolas:

Born in August 1792. Medal of St. Helena, campaigns from 1812 to 1815.



A former mayor of Vignacourt (19th Century).


LOYER Jean-Baptiste :

Born in May 1784. Medal of St. Helena, campaigns from 1806 to 1808.


PRUVOST Emile-Odile:

A 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 a 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 in the neighboring village of Flesselles (the birthplace of his wife). The Dr. Rinuy street is dedicated to his memory over there. (4 miles from Vignacourt). He was very appreciated in both municipalities.

He was committed to 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 a priest of Vignacourt in 1899. He is buried in the central path of the Vignacourt cemetery. The plate is 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 a municipal councilor in 1893 and finally president of the General Council of the Seine.

Alfred THUILLER portrait



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 photographer'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.

M. Louis Thuiller



THUILLIER-BURIDARD Paul (1871 - 1926):

He was Mayor of Vignacourt during the first world war and Senator of the Somme from 1920 until his death in March 1926. He managed several factories including the French Society of fishing nets created by his father, in which many inhabitants of Vignacourt have worked.

As a senator from our region, he presided over the inauguration ceremonies of the war memorials in the military cemetery and the Vignacourt communal cemetery in 1921 with the mayor. Furthermore, he has also served as chair of other ceremonies such as that which took place in the neighboring village of Picquigny.

M.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 a 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). Dr BOURY was present at his funeral in the Vignacourt's church, end 1909.


Wallet pharmacy near the Amiens cathédral