Lazare Ponticelli | Economist.com:There may be others, for a year or so, in Germany or England or elsewhere.
... On March 17th he had his wish, or most of it: a state funeral for all the poilus at Les Invalides, and then a simple family burial. The government badly wanted this last foot-soldier to be memorialised; but he preferred to be uncelebrated and ordinary, even in some sense forgotten, and thus the more symbolic of all the rest.
It's a good obituary.
I am grateful I've never been in a war. I hope my children avoid them.