Jean Fran%C3%A7ois Graindorge
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Jean Fran%C3%A7ois Graindorge
Jean François Graindorge
Born1 July 1770 (1770-07)
Saint-Pois, Normandy, France
Died1 October 1810 (1810-11) (aged 40)
Carquejo, Portugal
AllegianceFrance France
Years of service1787–1812
RankGeneral of Division
Battles/warsFlanders Campaign (1792–1794)
Battle of Neuwied (1797)
Battle of Dürrenstein (1805)
Battle of Saalfeld (1806)
Battle of Jena (1806)
Battle of Pu?tusk (1806)
Battle of Ostroka (1807)
Invasion of Portugal (1807)
Battle of Bussaco (1810)
AwardsLégion d'Honneur, CC 1804
Other workBaron of the Empire, 1809

Jean François Graindorge (1 July 1770 – 1 October 1810) became a brigade commander during the Napoleonic Wars and was mortally wounded while leading his troops against the British at the Battle of Bussaco in Portugal. His surname is one of the names inscribed under the Arc de Triomphe, on Column 38.


On 1 July 1770 Graindorge was born at Saint-Pois in the province of Normandy in France. He joined the French army on 20 September 1791 as a lieutenant of the 1st Orne Volunteer Battalion. This unit soon became part of the 37th Line Infantry Demi-Brigade and fought with the Army of the North in 1792 and 1793. Graindorge was wounded by a bullet in the right thigh near Maubeuge on 11 June 1792.[1]


  1. ^ Mullié (1852), Graindorge


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