- Jean Pendziwol a écrit:
- Any information about the crew would be interesting - who were they? where did they come from? did they leave family behind?
Much information can be found on the internet, starting from the names in the page given by Niala.
A demo : Place of birth
e.g. Berthelé Paul, born in Ouessant (Finistère)
Ouessant : "commune" (city, village. Here : Ushant island)
Finistère : "département". See this map : https://www.cartes-2-france.com/carte-departements-france.phpmilitary career
The military career of every boy of this period is shown in a form, the "Fiche matricule", bound into a "Registre matricule"
A (large) exception : for those who are "Inscrits maritimes" (registered seamen, i.e. fishermen, Merchand Service seamen), the fiche is almost void and the maritime archives cannot (yet) be found in the internet.
First, you have to find the "numéro matricule" (registration number) of the boy in an alphabetic table. There is one or several tables in each départment for each "classe".
The "classe" year is the year of birth +20
For Paul Berthelé : 1898 + 20 = 1918
Let's find the number.
Google "Archives Finistère"
In the home page of the Archives, click "Registres militaires" then "Accès aux documents numérisés"
Left column "Affiner votre recherche" "Dates" 1918 to 1919
"Typologie" : table
Start with the first one (Brest, closest bureau to Ushant)
Click "fichiers liés", click the image, click "HD" at the bottom for a better definition
Page 4 : Berthelé Paul, matricule 2014, volume 5
Back to the search page, delete the "table" filter, find the table Brest - 2001 to 2500
Image 14 : here he is.
Bad luck, his profession is "marin" and he is "inscrit maritime". But you get more info about his family.
You could search his family, or his death registration, but the Finistère archives are poorly digitalized at this stage.Other resources
The "Mémoire des hommes
" site, with all the 1914-1918 "morts pour la France" (dead for France)
Search "Mémoire des hommes", on the home page "Première guerre mondiale" then "Morts pour la France" "Faire une recherche"
Search name "Berthelé". He is the third one in the list. On the image : "disparu en mer" "vapeur Inkerman" (lost at sea, steamer Inkerman)Mémorial national des marins
A non-exhaustive site
"Recherche des fiches des marins". No, Paul Berthelé is not registered in this site.General comment
From the list, a fair number of the sailors were born in 1898, i.e. belonged to the 1918 class, or later.
This class was drafted in 1917 : https://www.geneanet.org/blog/post/2017/03/2-mars-1917-lincorporation-de-classe-1918-demandee-avril-1917
The (great) battle of the Somme of 1916 was over for a while.
Niala, who knows much about this period, will correct me if necessary