Jump to content

de la Jonquiere photo, lots of medals !

Paul L Murphy

Recommended Posts

The de la Jonquiere family have a pretty prestigious military lineage in France. This is a photo of one of them but which one and what did he do ? It was taken in Bordeaux and is dated 2 July 1914.

He wears the dress uniform of a commandant in the colonial infantry with the Commander of the Order of the Dragon of Amman, Officer of the Legion of Honour, Knight of the Academic Palms, Tonkin Medal, and what is most likely a Colonial Medal and an Officer of the Order of Cambodia. Does anybody have any more information on this particular gentleman ?



Link to comment
Share on other sites


This officer might be the one mentionned by Google as one of the first explorers of Indochinese arch?ology, when he was a captain with the French Infanterie coloniale. His part in describing and protecting the ruins at Ankor would have been very significant.

It would certainly explain the rather unusual display of Annamese and Cambodian Orders as well as the Academic palms. The colonial medal with probably the INDOCHINE or TONKIN bar as well as the Tonkin campaign medal. The very last medal could be one of the Royal Cambodian medals such as Sisowath 1st or Sisowathmonivong.

E.E. Lunel de la Jonqui?re, chef de bataillon d'infanterie coloniale, appears as an Officier of the Legion d'honneur since June 9 1910 in the 1914 "Almanach National". If not unusual, this level to a commandant was a significant award. Probably the same officer.

As a commandant (major in command of a batallion) in 1914, he would probably have taken part in WW1.

Two de la Jonqui?re families are registered : Lunel de la Jonqui?re and Taffanel de la Jonqui?re. The latter has a very distinguished past and has surviving members (Bottin Mondain 1999).

I would not know about the first family which I would think to be this officer's.

This is as much as I can contribute. Regards


Edited by Veteran
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Blog Comments

    • As a theology student my professor, a much published former Naval chaplain, set us an essay, saying that if we could answer that successfully we would be guaranteed  a good degree "Which of the gospel writers was the biggest liar, discuss."   I got a good mark, but  don't want to be burned for heresy.   P
    • As my father used to say: "Tain't so much Pappy's a liar - he just remembers big."  
    • Brian: First, let me say that I always enjoy reading your blog and your "spot on" comments.  Another fine topic with such a broad expansion into so many different facets.  I had watched this a week or two ago and when reading your blog, it reminded me of this great quote.   There is a great video on the origins of "Who was Murphy in Murphy's Law"   Anyway, about mid way through this video, there is this great quote and I think it sums it up quite well to your statem
    • I've received word from the Curator that she has permission to re-open this summer.   We're already making plans for a November event at the Museum.   Michael
    • I recall I did the same on hot days at Old Fort York back in 1973-74 - wool uniforms, and at 90F they would let you take your backpack off.   Michael
  • Create New...