monument, stone,

Lulustein / Lulu's stone

Lulu was the nickname of Napoléon Eugène Louis Jean Joseph, the son of the French King Napoleon III. When Lulu was 14, his father sent him off to Saarbrücken to fight the Prussians. On the spot of this stone, he fired his first canon shot. The life of Lulu was not particularly fortunate. The French lost to the Prussians and Lulu died at the age of 23 at the hands of Zulus, whilst helping the British in South Africa.


  1. such a sad story, history has its tragedy.
    a poignant one.

  2. A short and tragic life... I like the background information. Adds interest to the shot - which I like very much.

  3. Wow what a story of a young life, thanks for telling about him! I just keep thinking about sending a boy off to fight at 14 - my gosh :{

  4. What a sad story it is! Too fast to die. May his spirit rest in peace.

  5. Thanks for the comments.

    arabesque: Thanks,

    Dominic Doherty: Thanks.

    T. Becque: Thanks. It was supposed to be the start of a great military career the father had planned for him. His death seems almost from a novel. He had to prove himself as a soldier, so he went to South Africa with the British. Howewver, he was a keen amateur painter and he set off into the bush to draw without taking the proper precautions. That is how the enemy Zulus got him.

    snowwhite: ありがとう.