René de Labarrière

René de Labarrière (28 January 1899 – 6 July 1948) was a French army officer, considered to be the first United Nations soldier killed in action.[1] He died in Palestine after driving over a land mine.

On 6 October 1998 he was honoured by Kofi Annan in the UN's headquarters in New York City, posthumously receiving the second Dag Hammarskjöld medal.[1]


  1. ^ a b "50 Years of UN Peacekeeping Operations". United Nations Department of Public Information. October 1998. Retrieved 31 August 2009.