Pilons and Pillons
Awarded the
Medal of St Helena



In 1857, Napoleon III instituted the Medal of St Helena in order to recognize the "grognards" who had so faithfully followed Napoleon Bonaparte on his many military campaigns between 1792 and 1815. In fact, the emperor had remembered his glorious soldiers during his exile on the Island of Saint Helena where he dictated his last will and testament which left half of his personal fortune to his former soldiers.

The ranks of the "Grande Armée" still numbered about 405,000 soldiers. While most were French citizen, many were from the various countries which had come under the control of the emperor (Follow this French link to learn more).

Among the hundreds of thousands of surviving soliders, we are surprized to find Pilons and Pillons. A wonderful website presents a database of many of the soldiers which includes 9 Pilons and 20 Pillons. We are grateful to the individuals who worked so selflessly to make this information available.

PILON

PILON, Robert
Place of residence: St Léger de Rotes
Neighbourhood: Bernay
Department: Eure
Code: F27
File : 70012

PILON, Pierre
Year of birth: 2/4/1774
Place of residence: Panissières
Neighbourhood: Montbrison
Department: Loire
Code: F42
Rank: soldat
Regiment: 13 1/2 Brigade
File : 176234

PILON, Antoine
Place of residence: Salvizinet
Neighbourhood: Montbrison
Department: Loire
Code: F42
File : 47963

PILON, Alexandre
Year of birth: 31/10/1792
Place of residence: Dommartin
Neighbourhood: Amiens
Department: Somme
Code: F80
Rank: soldat
Regiment: 51 de ligne
Period: 1814-1816

PILON, François
Year of birth: 1784
Place of residence: DAMAS ET BETTEGNEY
Neighbourhood: MIRECOURT
Department: Vosges
Code: F88
profession: Impotent
Rank: Sergent
Regiment: 9 léger
Period: C:anXIV-1815
PILON, Pierre François
Year of birth: 1790
Place of residence: Rouen
Department: Seine Maritime
Code: F76
Rank: Soldat
Regiment: 5e Léger
Period: 1809 au 23-03-1813
Other information: Réformé pour blessures
File : 147942

PILON, Jacques
Place of residence: Saint-Amand
Neighbourhood: Saint-Amand
Department: Loir-et-Cher
Code: F41
Rank: caporal
Regiment: 105ème de ligne
Period: 1807
Other information: 1 MV 1

PILON, Jean
Year of birth: 1795
Place of residence: Chantenay
Department: Loire-Atlantique
Code: F44
Rank: Sgt-major
Regiment: 47 ligne

PILON, Vincent
Year of birth: 12.01.1775
Place of residence: Marzy
Neighbourhood: Nevers
Department: Nièvre
Code: F58
Other information: en cours de complément (Regiment, Period)

PILLON

PILLON, Jean
Year of birth: 1787
Place of residence: LENS-LESTANG
Department: Drôme
Code: F26
Rank: soldat
Regiment: 21e dragons
Period: 1805-1815

PILLON, Louis Jacques
Place of residence: Houlbec/Gros Theil
Neighbourhood: Amfreville/Camp
Department: Eure
Code: F27
File : 180512

PILLON, Jean François
Year of birth: 22/07/1791
Place of residence: Rouvrel
Neighbourhood: Montdidier
Department: Somme
Code: F80
Rank: Soldat
Period
: 1812-??

PILLON, Antoine
Year of birth: 1789
Place of residence: Sablons
Neighbourhood: Vienne
Department: Isère
Code: F38

PILLON, Charles François
Year of birth: 1790
Place of residence: BOISSEY LA LANDE
Department: Orne
Code: F61
Rank: brigadier
Regiment: 126e de Ligne
Period: 1809-1814

PILLON, Charles François
Year of birth: 1790
Place of residence: BOISSEY LA LANDE
Department: Orne
Code: F61
Rank: brigadier
Regiment: 4e Chasseurs
Period: 1810-1815

PILLON, Claude
Year of birth: 28-05-1786
Place of residence: CRAVANT
Department: Yonne
Code: F89
Period: 1 germinal, an 12/8 ans
campagnes: 2
File : 297889

PILLON, François Gabriel
Year of birth: 1786
Place of residence: LA MESNIERE/LIGNOU
Department: Orne
Code: F61

PILLON, Jacques
Year of birth: 1782
Place of residence: Offranville
Department: Seine Maritime
Code: F76
Rank: Caporal
Regiment: 57e de Ligne
Period: 01-02-1804 au 20-11-1809
campagnes: 7 campagnes
Other information: Coup de feu au pied gauche reçu le 05- 07 -1809 à Wagram.
File : 147499

PILLON, Jean Baptiste Eloi
Year of birth: 11 fructidor an 2
Place of residence: Courtemanche
Neighbourhood: Montdidier
Department: Somme
Code: F80
Rank: Soldat
Regiment: 25 de ligne
Period: 27/10/1814-09/01/1815
PILLON, Jean Pierre
Year of birth: 28/07/1789
Place of residence: Saint Valery sur Somme
Neighbourhood: Abbeville
Department: Somme
Code: F80
Rank: fusilier matelot
Period: 09/01/1811-17/07/1815

PILLON, Louis Charles
Year of birth: 05/04/1791
Place of residence: Saint Valery sur Somme
Neighbourhood: Abbeville
Department: Somme
Code: F80
Rank: 3 classe marin
Period: 03/11/1808-03/06/1815

PILLON, Médard
Year of birth: 08/06/1791
Place of residence: Cottenchy
Neighbourhood: Amiens
Department: Somme
Code: F80
Rank: soldat
Regiment: 48 de ligne
Period: 1813-1816

PILLON, Nicolas
Year of birth: 29/09/1793
Place of residence: Saint Valery sur Somme
Neighbourhood: Abbeville
Department: Somme
Code: F80
Rank: fusilier matelot
Period: 25/01/1812-17/05/1814

PILLON, Pierre
Year of birth: 27-07-1794
Place of residence: Le Sappey en Chartreuse
Neighbourhood: Grenoble
Department: Isère
Code: F38
Regiment: Gendarmerie.
Period: 1813 à 1814
File : 232860

PILLON, Pierre
Place of residence: Villiers
Neighbourhood: Vendôme
Department: Loir-et-Cher
Code: F41
Rank: soldat
Regiment: 2ème compagnie de pontonniers
Period: 1809
Other information: 1 MV 1

PILLON, Pierre François
Place of residence: Neung sur Beuvron
Neighbourhood: Neung sur Beuvron
Department: Loir-et-Cher
Code: F41
Rank: maréchal des logis
Regiment: 7ème cuirassiers
Period: 1805
Other information: retraité comme gendarme en 1841/1 MV 1

PILLON, Paul
Year of birth: 06.10.1789
Place of residence: Cervon
Neighbourhood: Clamecy
Department: Nièvre
Code: F58
Other information: en cours de complément (Regiment, Period)

PILLON, Jacques Charles
Year of birth: 30/10/1794 r
Place of residence: Bonnelles
Neighbourhood: Rambouillet
Department: Yvelines
Code: F78
Regiment: 4e chasseurs à cheval/4e hussard
Period: 1813-1815

PILLON, Louis François
Place of residence: Arpajon
Neighbourhood: Corbeil
Department: Essonne
Code: F91
Regiment: 54e de ligne
Period: 1811-12/06/1817

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