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German Cemeteries - Identification of Soldiers Units


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Is there any way of finding out which unit a German soldier served in?

Those in the cemeteries just show names and date of death.

 

Sean

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It depends on when he died, up to the end of 1916 the casualty lists may help. http://des.genealogy.net/eingabe-verlustlisten/search

There is http://denkmalprojekt.org/covers_vl/vl_wk1_index_heer.html 

If he is buried in a CWGC Cemetery, his regiment is in many cases recorded.

Are you looking for someone in particular?
 

Charlie

 

 

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Charlie

Thank you for your reply.

I am trying to identify the unit of three German soldiers who lie in Bray German Cemetery, they were all killed on 22 August 1918.

Sean

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Vizefeldwebel Wilhelm Collmann

Sergeant August Kirchner

Vizefeldwebel Emil Lauer

Regards

Sean

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3 minutes ago, charlie2 said:

August Kirchner presumably No.5 Coy, IR 124 http://des.genealogy.net/search/show/5707516 but needs conformation from the Stammrolle.

Charlie

It's certainly him. He was buried during the battelfield clearance after the war by POWs under French/British supervision.

Jan

 

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Emil Lauer: 3/IR 124 (buried by the British)

 

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lauer01.jpg

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This is Collmann, unfortunately finding his unit will be very difficult unless one manages to see the Standesamt-Urkunde:

http://des.genealogy.net/search/show/115891

http://des.genealogy.net/search/show/2380833

http://des.genealogy.net/search/show/8918022

Jan

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Jan

Thank you for what you have done.

There was a picture in the WFA Stand To Magazine of a German soldier killed 200 yards from Bray Cemetery on 22 August 1918.

I visited the site last week and placed a poppy there.

He has been identified as being a Senior NCO from 203 RIR.

I was hoping to put a name to him, hopefully it is Collman.

Sean

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33 minutes ago, SMG65 said:

He has been identified as being a Senior NCO from 203 RIR.

 

How was that done?

Unfortunately, the regimental history of RIR 203 (published in the 1960s) has no Ehrentafel. There's also nothing after March 1918. The author/publisher of the history had saved the manuscripts (at least the manuscripts until March 1918) when he had to flee his home in 1944/45 (which shows how much he valued it). He had it published then in the 1960s on a very limited amount of copies for the remaining veterans.

Jan

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