Emiliene Moreau - Heroine of Loos

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


St Andrews Open Association 2018 Year of the Woman: Émiliene Moreau, a seventeen year old school teacher, provided invaluable assistance to the men of the 9th Black Watch during the Battle of Loos on 25 September 1915. She had refused to leave her family home in the village and when the Black Watch entered Loos, Mademoiselle Moreau identified German strongpoints and helped Captain Bearn, the battalion’s Medical Officer, establish a first aid post. When this came under fire from enemy soldiers still concealed in the village she acted decisively. “I was indignant to see two Germans amusing themselves firing from a cave on wounded Scots ... so I seized a revolver and crept up and killed them”. Émiliene Moreau’s exploits would earn her the popular designation ‘Heroine of Loos’, and recognition from both the French and British authorities. During the Second World War, she joined with the Resistance and narrowly escaped arrest by the Gestapo making her way to Britain and safety. Émiliene’s remarkable bravery would see her awarded the Croix de la Liberation by General Charles de Gaulle.
Period16 Nov 2018
Held atSt Andrews Open Association, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionLocal