A First World War soldier's bedroom has lain completely untouched in his former home since he died from injuries 102 years ago. Dragoons' Second Lieutenant Hubert Rochereau died in an English field ambulance after fighting in the village of Loker, Flanders, on 26 April 1918. His heartbroken parents, initially unable to locate their son's body, said they would turn his bedroom into a permanent shrine to his memory. Mr Rochereau was buried in a British cemetery and lay undiscovered by his family until four years after the war ended, in 1922. He was repatriated to a graveyard at his home village of Bélâbre, 44 miles from Poitiers, south-western France. His bedroom, where he was also born, remains untouched to this day as a permanent memorial.
When his heartbroken parents bequeathed the house in 1935 they bricked up the entrance to the room and stipulated to the new owner, French General Eugene Bridoux, that no item was to be moved from the room for 500 years. A pistol, knives and drawing remain on his desk. The house's owners have said they will not move any items from the room The pistol and pipe lying on the desk are pictured below. Pictured below are MR Rochereau's military boots still sitting underneath his bookshelf in his bedroom.
The moth-eaten military jacket he wore is pictured above, still hanging where he left it 102 years ago. It is unclear whether, if the house is sold again, the items still in the room will be moved.