I don’t know much about him. I just know that his name was Marcelin or Marcel (not sure if Marcelin was a nickname or his real name), that he was my grandpa’s cousin, and that he was in the French navy during WW1 and later. He wrote a bunch of postcards to my grandpa, you’ll see them here at times (most of the ones coming from abroad or showing ships are his). That’s pretty much all I know about him.

I always found this picture a bit intriguing because he look like a very urban and rich guy on it, and everyone else in the family were farmers. I guess he had a nice paycheck traveling the world (well, mostly the Mediterranean Sea) on his warship.



About David Billa

David was born and raised in the French South West. After a few years in the US and a few more in Paris, he finally settled down in Japan. He blogs here about his various experiences and travels, with an emphasis on his home country, France.

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2 thoughts on “Marcelin

  • Steph

    He does look very smart and he’s in front of a very fine looking building. I thnk the French navy was well paid!
    My grandfather on my dad’s side was in the British navy during the First World War, and again in the Second World War, joined by my other grandad this time! Most of mine and my husband’s great uncles and uncles were soldiers in one or other of the wars, and our fathers too. But we have very few photos and certainly no fascinating postcards like you have!

    • David

      These postcards are really a goldmine.
      And I wish I could transcribe the texts behind. Some are fascinating. I tried once in the past, but it’s too time consuming. Maybe one day in the distant future.