The liaison agent was held in high esteem by members of the French Resistance in the Haute-Vienne département of central France. On many occasions he passed through enemy lines with messages for fighters seeking to liberate France from German control during the Second World War. Yet when peace came he was omitted from the monument to the war dead in Aixe-sur-Vienne, his hometown; probably because of his age. Marcel Pinte was just six years old when he was fatally injured by a bullet fired accidentally by a Resistance fighter on August 19, 1944, in what was then Vichy France.
Now, the wrong has been righted. In a ceremony on November 11, the child’s name was inscribed on Aixe-sur-Vienne’s war memorial, alongside those of seven locals who died during the final battle against the Germans in the area, and three who were deported to concentration camps. “The homage is very important because it will offer a moment of dignity for this child. His memory has been adopted by the entire nation,” said Alexandre Brémaud, 28, the grandson of Marcel’s elder sister.