On the 31st of July 1760 during the Battle of Warburg in North West Germany, Philippe would be killed by a canon blast. He was only 22 years old.
Illustration of the Battle of Warburg
The French were said to have lost between 1,500 and 8,000 men during the battle depending on the account. While doing historical research and looking at battle summaries it is easy to get numb to casualty numbers. However it is important to reflect on the fact that Philippe, like every man, like every number, had a possible future that went unrealized.
Philippe (in red) with his older brothers, father and mother
Three of Philippe's brothers would live to adulthood, and they would become the heads of the three main branches of the de Büren family, two of which still flourish today.
Charles de Büren – 1st – Descendants live in Switzerland, France, The United States, Argentina and Brazil.
David de Büren – 2nd – Died with Eugène de Büren of Bern in 1966.
Louis de Büren – 3rd – Descendants live in The United States.