General Henri Marie Le Noury


Artillery general who served at Dresden, Leipzig, Hanau, and Waterloo



Born: November 6, 1771

Place of Birth: Cracouville, Eure, France

Died: September 25, 1839

Place of Death: Cracouville, France

Arc de Triomphe: LENOURY on the west pillar




Henry Marie Le Noury, often called Noury, began his military career by entering the military school of Pont-à-Mousson in 1787. Two years later he entered the artillery school of Douai and then in April of 1792 he was commissioned as a lieutenant in the 7th Foot Artillery. In 1792 Le Noury was promoted to capitaine and in 1793 he served on the staff of the Army of the North. The next year he was sent on a mission to the Army of the West and then in 1795 he was called back to Paris. Le Noury next served with the Army of the Coasts of the Ocean and then the Army of England and in 1799 he joined the Army of Italy where in 1800 he became an aide-de-camp to General Dulauloy.

In 1802 Le Noury was promoted to chef de bataillon in the 8th Foot Artillery and he was sent to serve at the isle of Elba. The next year he was appointed a major in the 5th Horse Artillery and he returned from Elba. For the campaign of 1805, Le Noury served in the general artillery staff of the Grande Armée and he fought at the Battle of Austerlitz. In March of 1806 he was promoted to colonel of the 2nd Foot Artillery but only a month later he was named chief of staff of artillery of V Corps. Serving against the Fourth Coalition, in February of 1807 Le Noury was wounded at the Battle of Ostrolenka . In July of 1807 he was named commander of the 2nd Horse Artillery.

In 1808 Le Noury was named a Baron of the Empire and sent to Spain as chief of staff of artillery of V Corps in the Army of Spain. He served at the action of Saragossa and in March of 1809 he was promoted to général de brigade and he took command of the artillery of V Corps. However, a month later Le Noury was in Germany where he served as chief of staff of artillery of the Army of Germany for the Danube campaign. After the conclusion of the campaign, Le Noury took command of the artillery of Reynier's Saxon corps and he was named a Knight of the Iron Crown and a Knight of the Order of Maximilian of Bavaria.

Le Noury was next sent back to Spain where he was named deputy commander of artillery of the Army of Catalonia in January of 1810. In 1811 he served at the Siege of Figuières and in 1812 he joined the Grande Armée for the campaign against Russia, serving as commander of the auxiliary artillery attached to the Imperial Guard. Le Noury served in Russia and then in June of 1813 he took command of the artillery of Marshal Oudinot's XII Corps in Saxony. In this position he served at Dresden, Leipzig , and Hanau and in November he was promoted to général de division. In December Le Noury took command of the artillery of I Corps in the Army of the North.

After Napoleon's abdication and the Bourbon Restoration, Le Noury was named a Knight of Saint Louis and then put on non-activity. Napoleon returned from exile and resumed power and Le Noury was given command of the artillery of General Mouton's VI Corps. Le Noury served at the Battle of Waterloo in June and afterwards he was put on non-activity. He resumed a successful military career in 1816.


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Updated July 2021

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