On August 26, 1944, one day after the Nazis had surrendered the city of Paris, Charles de Gaulle laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, re-lit the Arc de Triomphe’s eternal flame, and—peppered with sniper fire from a handful of stubborn holdouts—led a victory parade along the Champs-Élysées.

Except he didn’t actually lead it. According to his obituary in the Hastings Observer, that honor fell to Harry Hamilton, a British soldier from the sleepy county of Dorset, who found himself leading the generals and dignitaries by complete mistake.