Louis Lahure

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Louis Joseph Lahure
Louis-Joseph Lahure, Lieut. Général, Baron de l'Empire.jpg
Born(1767-11-29)29 November 1767
Mons, Austrian Netherlands
Died24 October 1853(1853-10-24) (aged 85)
Wavrechain-sous-Faulx, France
Allegiance France
Branch French Army
Years of service1787–1853
RankLieutenant general

Louis Joseph Lahure (29 November 1767 – 24 October 1853) was a general in the service of the First French Republic and First French Empire.


Early life[edit]

Louis Joseph Lahure was born on 29 November 1767 in Mons in the Austrian Netherlands.[1][2] He was the son of Nicolas Lahure and Marie-Thérèse du Buisson. He had a brother, Germain Lahure. He studied at the Old University of Leuven.[1]


Lahure served in the Brabant Revolution in 1787.[1] He moved to Lille in France in 1790.[1] He served in the Army of the North under General Nicolas Luckner.[1] He served in the Army of Sambre-et-Meuse.[1]

He became a general.[1] Occupying Holland in January 1795, the French continental army learned that the Dutch navy had been frozen into the ice near Texel Island. Lahure and 128 men simply rode up to it and demanded surrender. No shots were fired and the Dutch fleet was captured.

Lahure became a naturalised French citizen.[1] He was made a Grand Officier of the Legion of Honour and the Order of Leopold.[1] He was also made a Knight of the Order of Saint Louis.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Lahure married Anne de Warenghien de Flory in 1800. They had seven children and resided at the Château de Wavrechain-sous-Faulx in northern France.[1]

He died on 24 October 1853.[1]


His name is inscribed on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.[1] In 1895, Lahure's grandson published his memoirs.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Henri Lambert, Accusé Pichegru, levez-vous: gloire et misère d'un grand soldat : Jean-Charles Pichegru, 1761-1804, Bordeaux: Les Dossiers d'Aquitaine, 2004, p. 99 [1]
  2. ^ Jules Gheude, Lettre à un ami français: De la disparition de la Belgique, Paris: Mon Petit Éditeur, 2013, p. 19 [2]
  3. ^ Guillaume de Bertier de Sauvigny, Alfred Fierro, Bibliographie critique des mémoires sur la Restauration écrits ou traduits en français, Paris: Librairie Droz, 1988, p. 154 [3]