Jean Marlin

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The French military advisers and their Japanese allies in Hokkaido.
Back row: Cazeneuve, Marlin, Fukushima Tokinosuke, Fortant.
Front row: Hosoya Yasutaro, Jules Brunet, Matsudaira Taro (vice-president of the Ezo Republic), Tajima Kintaro.

Jean Marlin (1833-1872) was a non-commissioned officer, a sergeant of the French 8th Battalion of infantry. He was a member of the first French Military Mission to Japan in 1867, in which he accompanied Jules Brunet. He worked as an instructor for infantry in the army of the Shogun.

With the advent of the Boshin War, and the declaration of neutrality of foreign powers, Marlin chose to resign from the French Army and continue the fight on the side of the Bakufu.

Jean Marlin chose to remain in Japan, and was buried at the Yokohama International cemetery in 1872.[1]


  1. ^ "Soie et Lumieres", p.90


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