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Gironde, Paris and Beyond

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Jules Nicolas Henri Gaden was born at 11 o'clock on the morning of 24th January 1867 in Bordeaux to an haute bourgeois family that revolved in the best social circles of the city. He had four younger sisters. Gaden's mother was highly religious, a Catholic by upbringing, and Henri's three youngest sisters each took up holy orders in the Catholic Church. Henri left the house to take up his education in Paris. The first letter that survives in the archive from Henri is to his father, dated 25th October 1886, written just after he had started at the Lycée. Henri passed his entrance examination for Saint Cyr in 1888. He started the next academic year on 28th October 1888. The choice of a military career for Gaden was made at a time when the army carried the hopes and aspirations of the nation, following the military debacles of the 1870s.

Keywords: Catholic Church; Jules Nicolas Henri Gaden; military career; Paris



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