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16th Reserve Infantry Regiment, 1st Company, 29th Oct. 1914


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I've been collecting Sterbild (sp?) for a few months and find them very moving little documents...I bought this one for single figures GBP on a well known auction site last week.

Something's nagging me about the unit and date...

Wasn't this Adolf Hitler's company? Or is this a misreading of '16th RIR'?

If so I'm 1) Pleased 2) Spooked 3) A little uneasy.

Thomas Weber has 13 men of the 1st Company killed on the 29th - perhaps the place of death as 'Comines' refers to a fatal wound?

Rest in peace Ludwig Eder....

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Genauso... Look at (in German): http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%B6niglich_Bayerisches_16._Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment, on the Königlich Bayerisches 16. Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment, and where the Austrian AH is listed among their 'Bekannte Mitglieder des Regiments'... Your man died a 'Heroes death in the fight against France at Comines' - but I don't think Hitler was at the front until November? Not an AH expert!

Trajan

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Thanks! Fairly sure about Gheluvelt, but can't explain reference to Comines:


DIVISIONS OF GERMAN ARMY WHICH PARTICIPATED IN WAR. 139


[16th Bavarian Reserve Regiment: First Bavarian District. 17th Bavarian Reserve

Regiment: Second Bavarian District. 20th Bavarian Reserve Regiment: (?).)


1914. Flanders.


1. This division was organized in Bavaria in September, 1914, and sent to Bel-

gium about October 21. Assembled in the vicinity of Lille and was sent toward

Dadizeele the 27th and was near Gheluvelt October 29, but does not seem to have

been in the fight.


2. November 1 it was sent south of Ypres between Hollebeke and Messines. It

attacked in the direction of Wytschaete November 2 and suffered heavy losses: 11th

Company, 4 officers and 181 men (16th Reserve Regiment); 6th company of the 17th

Reserve Regiment, 5 officers and 228 men (casualty lists). November 6 the 3d com-

pany of the 21st Reserve Regiment was reduced to 3 provisional officers and 63 men.



Will check if he's on Ancestry....

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Thanks! Fairly sure about Gheluvelt, but can't explain reference to Comines:
DIVISIONS OF GERMAN ARMY WHICH PARTICIPATED IN WAR. 139

Where is that information from?

Did you see: http://www.kriegsopfer.org/Regiment_Wk1/KB_16_Res_Inf_Rgt/KB_16_Res_Inf_Rgt.html

This has:

29.10.1914 Schlacht an der Yser (Belgien)

30.10.1914 - 24.11.1914 Schlacht bei Ypern (Belgien)

Died in a field hospital?

Trajan

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https://archive.org/details/cu31924027835317

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Think this is him -

Name: Ludwig Eder
Birth Date: 29 Dez 1891 (29 Dec 1891)
Birth Place: Poppenberg Bezirksamt Altötting (Altotting) Bayern (Bavaria)
Combat Arm: Infanterie
Type of Unit: Reserve-Infanterie-Regimenter
Unit: Bayer. Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 16 (München)
Volume: 3039

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Any transcription help welcome! My German very limited!

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Bingo - later in same register:

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Think this is him -

Name: Ludwig Eder
Birth Date: 29 Dez 1891 (29 Dec 1891)
Birth Place: Poppenberg Bezirksamt Altötting (Altotting) Bayern (Bavaria)
Combat Arm: Infanterie
Type of Unit: Reserve-Infanterie-Regimenter
Unit: Bayer. Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 16 (München)
Volume: 3039

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Any transcription help welcome! My German very limited!

I am not hot on handwritten stuff but that bottom line, underlined in red, seems to me to read: "Gefallen am 29.10.14 [something] Gheluvelt". It is certainly reprting something happening to him at Gheluvelt on 29.10.14, which is the date of his death on the card. Well, if I am correct, that means he died on 29.10,14 at Gheluvelt - but I can't see what the word is between the date and the place name...

Trajan

PS: thanks for the link to the Official History - that will come in handy at some point!

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It's "Gefallen am 29.10.14 bei Gheluvelt", so he died near Geluveld. The unit was attacking near the Menin Road in the direction of Geluveld, the centre of which was captured only on 31 October.

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'bei', of course! Will go and bang my head against a wall... :blush:

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Thanks gentlemen! I've dug out my copy of Weber's Hitler's First War which seems to confirm the details here. Any further help with the difficult hand writing would be welcome as i'd like a little bit more detail on this man rather than his infamous comrade!

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