Oratory of Our Lady of Sorrows (1944).
In the village of Saint Gorgon, on the path leading to the church, there is a large monument with a base of ashlar on which rests a massive quadrangular pyramid-shaped block, which in turn supports a 2 m wide and 90 cm deep overhang.
On the front 5 steps
The facing of all these stones is carefully grooved. Above this base rises an asymmetrical stone construction, sculpted to represent an irregular dry stone wall
In its right-hand side is an arched niche, 1 m high, which houses a cast iron statue of the Virgin of the Miraculous Medal
On the left side of the top there is a stone cross imitating a trunk.
Two marble plaques bear the inscriptions
At the bottom left:
In memory of the painful events of 2 September 1944
Spare your people
Consoler of the afflicted
Pray for them
And on the massive pedestal
In the midst of the lootings and the fires fell victims for France
Henri Sauge and Jacques Cabourg
Two days before the liberation, Henri Sauge (a great cripple of 14-18) and Jacques Cabourg teacher fell under the Nazi bullets, at the same time that a part of the village was burned and plundered
Following the clashes at the crossroads of the hand on September 1, the village of Saint Gorgon was the victim of violent reprisals the following day, September 2, 1944
On September 1, 1944 at the end of the evening, the second lieutenant Paris is charged to ensure a transport of armament of Evillers on the area of Longemaison
As a security measure he left a protection element to hold the crossroads of the Main.
At about 10pm a convoy coming from Valdahon arrived at the crossroads. Believing that it was a group of friends, one of the group leaders came out of his shelter; he was immediately shot, it was a German convoy.
The immediate reaction of the FFI was to machine-gun the convoy, which reacted in the same way.
After ten minutes of fighting the German convoy stalled towards Pontarlier, leaving 2 vehicles behind
Bloody traces suggest that they suffered losses.
But the next day, September 2, was a tragic day for the inhabitants of Saint Gorgon. It is more than likely that the Germans wanted to make an innocent population pay for their failure of the day before, which had unfortunately become a habit, and for this purpose they used Russian troops.
homage to MR DRUHEN