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17 April 2004

Francois Dutech

of Tarbes, France

According to family tradition, a member of the Dutech family was a drummer or a flag boy of Napolean. Napolean was so pleased with his service that he gave him a document stating that any ancestor of his could attend the French Military Academy free -- forever. The family stated there was a document to this effect, signed by Napolean. The reported document has disappeared (as have other known family papers).

The following probably refers to our Francois Dutech (father of Joseph Dutech, of Tarbes):

http://www.stehelene.org/php/accueil.php?lang=en [April 2004]

The medals of Saint Hélèna

The Saint Helena medal, created in 1857 by Napoleon III, was awarded to the 405,000 soldiers still living in 1857, who had fought with Napoleon I during the 1792-1815 wars

Results on search for surname Dutech included:

nom: DUTECH
prenom: François
commune_de_residence: Tarbes
arrondissement: Tarbes
departement: Hautes-Pyrénées
code: F65
pays: FRA
egiment: 21 Chasseurs à cheval
periode: 1813
divers: simple déclaration
dossier : 274703

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