Joseph Willot

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Joseph Willot
Born 1876
Died 1st April, 1919
Roubaix, France
Citizenship France
Nationality French
Fields pharmacology
Institutions Catholic University of Lille
Known for French Resistance

Joseph Willot (1876–1919) was a French pharmacist at the Catholic University of Lille and was known as a member of the French Resistance in World War I and member of the Legion d'Honneur.

Resistance work[edit]

In 1914, he was invited by Firmin Dubar, a businessman from Roubaix, and Abbe Jules Pinte, a priest and teacher of chemistry at the Roubaix Technical Institute, to join them in spreading information from the free part of France to the areas under German occupation.[1]

Willot initially helped distribute Fr. Pinte's newsletters in Roubaix, and then from February 1915, began to produce newspapers for Lille, with a printing press in his laboratory at the rue du Vieil Abreuvoir. The underground journals had several successive names (L'Oiseau de France, La Patience, La Voix de la Patrie, etc.) until the network was discovered in 1916. Willot's wife joined the activities, writing a column aimed at the wives and mothers of French soldiers. Joseph Willot and his two partners were sentenced to ten years' imprisonment in Rheinbach, Germany. Willot was released after the Armistice, but died on 1 April 1919, having become ill in prison.[2] He was made a posthumous member of the Legion d'Honneur.[3]


  1. ^ "Joseph Willot, pharmacist, and his fighter activities during the 1st war". 56 (357). May 2008: 13–28. PMID 19069199. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-29. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 
  3. ^ L'Abeille, June 2005