Ponticelli, Lazare

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Ponticelli, Lazare Gender: M
born on 7 December 1897 at 02:00 (= 02:00 AM )
Place Bettola, Italy, 44n47, 9e36
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: De Jabrun
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 15°14' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 21°48 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 08°07'

Alternative birthtime
from Wikipedia
Date 24 December 1897 at 01:00 (= 01:00 AM )
Place Bettola, ITALY, 44n47, 9e36
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 02°30' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 04°54 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 09°26'

Lazare Ponticelli (in 2006)
photo: AMBERG David * Original uploader was Editorofthewiki at en.wikipedia, license gfdl


Italian-born French World War I veteran. When he died just outside Paris on March 12, 2008 at age 110, he was the last poilu from France and the oldest-living man in France.

Born to a large poor family with seven children, he made his way to France as a young lad. He took on odd jobs including that of a chimney sweep. He joined the First Regiment de Marche of the French Foreign Legion as a young teen (differing reports give age 14 and 16) and fought with the French at the outbreak of WWI. Because he was still a citizen of Italy, he was later conscripted by the Italian military when that country joined the fighting. After the war he returned to France and became a citizen in 1939.

Link to Wikipedia biography



Source Notes

Didier Geslain archive, 'p_q' pdf file, p. 170, date 7 Dec 1897, 01:00 am. This is a typewritten and stamped transcript from the registry.

Previously this record had 2am: Paddy de Jabrun quoted birth certificate. De Jabrun confirms: it is indeed 2:00. De Jabrun received twice the bc with 2.00 and Dekoster too.

The English Wikipedia page gives 24 December with the note: "Ponticelli's date of birth, according to the civil registry, was 7 December 1897, although this is likely to be a mistake. It was probably recorded as 27 December 1897 in the registry and the "2" was eroded. Ponticelli's mother remembered giving birth on 24 December (Christmas Eve) and that a snowstorm delayed any exit from the house for three days." Source: "Merchet, Jean-Dominique (5 February 2008). "Un "rital" qui s'est battu dans deux armées". Libération (in French). Retrieved 28 March 2008."


  • Family : Childhood : Disadvantaged
  • Family : Childhood : Family large
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 110)
  • Vocation : Military : Combat
  • Vocation : Military : Honors
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (for France and Italy)