French village fights to save untouched WWI soldier's room


Bélâbre hopes for help to buy a property in which the bedroom of a French WWI officer has remained undisturbed since his death in 1918.

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Until this year, few would have known the name of Dragoons officer Hubert Rochereau, or heard of the tiny village of Bélâbre in central France. But the revelation this autumn that the young soldier’s bedroom, complete with his feathered dress helmet and military jacket, had been preserved for almost 100 years after his death on a Belgian battlefield in the first world war brought unexpected recognition to both, reports The Guardian.