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  1. Heuck, Albert Karl Friedrich Max *26.04.1863 in Roga, Mecklenburg-Strelitz †01.07.1942 in Kiel Orden "pour le Mérite" (28.10.18) At the outbreak of World War I, Heuck was an Oberstleutnant z.D. with the German Military Mission in the Ottoman Empire, serving in the 13. Division in Ankara. xx.12.1915 Führer, 24. türk. Division xx.06.1916 in preuß. Dienst wieder eingetreten xx.07.1916 Kommandeur, Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 227 xx.04.1917 Kommandeur, 237. Infanterie-Brigade xx.12.1918 Führer, Freikorps Heuck xx.03.1919 Kommandeur, 22. Infanterie-Brigade xx.07.1919 Infanterieführer 32 xx.02.1920 Kommandeur, Reichswehr-Infanterie-Regiment 16, zeitweise stellv. Infanterieführer 8 18.05.1920 Befehlshaber der Infanterie, Reichswehr-Brigade 20 31.12.1920 verabschiedet 18.05.1916 Oberst 18.05.1920 Generalmajor 27.08.1939 Charakter als Generalleutnant a.D. Dates are based on Möller-Witten, Geschichte der Ritter des Ordens "pour le Mérite" im Weltkrieg.
  2. Scheer, Carl Friedrich Heinrich Reinhard *30.09.1863 in Obernkirchen †26.11.1928 in Marktredwitz 01.02.1913 Chef des II. Geschwader 28.12.1914 Chef des III. Geschwader 24.01.1916 Chef der Hochseestreitkräfte 11.08.1918 Chef des Admiralstabes der Marine (Seekriegsleitung) 09.12.1913 Vizeadmiral 05.06.1916 Admiral
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    Bumped because I'm still hoping for help with these last three transcriptions. Thanks
  5. Should be Generalmajor Eugen Bilharz, and if you squint, it almost looks like it. And I thought my signature was nigh illegible. Dave
  6. Schimmelmann, Karl August Gustav Malte Freiherr v. *30.03.1856 in Petersdorf †24.09.1926 in Stettin He entered service on 19.04.1876 and left active duty on 22.03.1910. During World War I, he was recalled as an Oberstleutnant z.D., serving as a battalion commander in Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 82 and as a Bahnhofs-Kommandant in occupied Romania. His battalion command in RIR 82 may have been the Ersatz-Bataillon, since he does not show up in the award rolls for war decorations from the states most closely connected to RIR 82, Schwarzburg-Sondershausen and Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha. Known decorations are: • Roter-Adlerorden 4. Klasse mit der Krone • Kronenorden 3. Klasse • Dienstauszeichnungskreuz • Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnismedaille
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    There's no umlaut, so it would be Koln or something similar, but neither that nor Bernhardsbein make much sense, unless they were names of particular trenchlines or fighting positions. Besides these two above, I have yet another transcription to check. I have "Zeichnete sich in der Somme-Schlacht durch ruhiges _____ und großte Aufmerksamkeit während des stärksten Trommelfeuers der englischen schweren Geschütze hervorragend aus." Thanks, Dave
  8. Wilhelm Pickel from the 2. bayer. Fußartillerie-Regiment, born 17 April 1881 in Nürnberg, received the Charakter of Major a.D. on 29 Mai 1920. The World War I awards, both German and Ottoman, match those in the Bavarian Kriegsranglisten on Ancestry.com. The 1870 EK chain and minis match a Prussian railway Beamter, not a Bavarian, so perhaps not a close relative of Pickel (Pickel's father was a Bavarian Gymnasial-Professor in Fürth).
  9. Closest match I have is Oberst Johann Jahns, Gruppenleiter I, Wehrersatz-Inspektion Dortmund. He was an Oberleutnant in IR 165 in 1914 and spent most of World War I with RIR 27. He also received the KVK2X (20.11.1940) and KVK1X ( 30.1.1943), but may not have updated the medal bar during World War II. There may be other matches out there. The combination may not be common, but it is not unique.
  10. Stocken, Leo August Eduard v. *7.5.1862 in Berlin, †22.12.1926 22.03.1907 Chef des Generalstabes, III. Armeekorps 21.04.1911 Kommandeur, Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 94 19.11.1912 Kommandeur, 49. Infanterie-Brigade 05.07.1913 Chef des Generalstabes, IV. Armeekorps 24.12.1914 Kommandeur, 81. Reserve-Division 03.03.1916 Kommandeur, 10. Landwehr-Division 23.11.1917 Kommandeur, 4. Ersatz-Division xx.xx.1918 zu den Offizieren von der Armee versetzt 20.05.1918 zur Disposition gestellt 19.06.1909 Oberst 27.01.1913 Generalmajor 05.10.1916 Generalleutnant
  11. Mühry, Georg *5.9.1859 in Hannover, †23.1.1946 in Kloster Wienhausen Orden "pour le Mérite" (25.10.18) Before the war, he was commander of the Infanterie-Schießschule and had previously commanded Jäger-Bataillon Nr. 10. 02.08.1914 Kdr. Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 35 30.09.1914 Kdr. 25. Reserve-Infanterie-Brigade 26.10.1914 Kdr. 108. Reserve-Infanterie-Brigade 19.04.1915 Kdr. 67. Infanterie-Brigade 01.10.1916 Kdr. 223. Infanterie-Division 02.01.1917 Kdr. 236. Infanterie-Division 06.02.1919 Kdr. 1. Garde-Infanterie-Division 01.05.1919 Kdr. Reichswehr-Brigade 4 23.08.1919 mit Charakter als Generalleutnant zur Disposition gestellt 01.10.1912 Oberst 22.03.1915 Generalmajor 23.08.1919 char. Generalleutnant
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    Next: I have "Weil sie sich als Werferführer und Bedienung sowie als Leitungspatrouille des öfteren äußerst umsichtsvoll und schneidig geführt [?] haben, besonders bei der Minenwerfertätigkeit auf [Vesle? Koln?] und [Bernhardsbein?] am 31/7 u. 22/8." The unit was Minenwerfer-Kompanie Nr. 313, with an endorsement from the 61. Landwehr-Infanterie-Brigade.
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    And here we go again! I have "Während der ganzen Dauer des Krieges bei der Dienststelle des stellv. Militär-Inspekteurs der freiw. Krankenpflege _____ in verdienstvoller, besonders anerkennenswerter Weise tätig." The citation is for seven civilians.
  14. It would appear that it is neither of the two Blombergs identified above. Moritz Frhr.v. Blomberg, *19.12.1870 in Detmold, †1.4.1940 auf Iggenhausen, received the Lippe Kriegsverdienstkreuz on 4.2.1915 and acknowledged receipt of the cross by an Empfang dated 22.2.1915. He wasn't in a Lippe-connected formation, as Rick had noted above, but he was born in Lippe's capital and his father had been a Fürstlich lippischer Kammerdirektor and Kammerherr. Dr. Karl Frhr.v. Blomberg was born on 24.6.1860 in Berlin and died on 21.6.1930 in Weimar. He was a Sanitätsrat and Direktor of the Provinzial Irren- und Idiotenanstalt in Kosten. He was a Rechtsritter of the Johanniterorden. Since he died in 1930, he would not have had the Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer unless the family mounted it posthumously.
  15. I assume you meant 1.55m, since 1.55cm would be a bit small for any Army, unless you are talking about an AA MG. According to a Daily Mail article, the average height of an Englishman went up about four inches between 1900 and 2000, from around 5'6" to 5'10". I have seen similar data for Americans, but I've also seen data that Americans are getting shorter in recent decades. Various reasons are given, but I think the main reason is the "average" American today includes more immigrants from ethnicities who are shorter on average - East Asians and Central Americans of heavily American Indian ancestry. Assuming Germans were similar to Englishman, I think that would mean 155cm, which is 5'1", was about 5 inches or 2cm below average back then, so similar to being 5'5" or 165cm today. Shorter than the average infantryman, but probably perfect for being a T-72 crewman.
  16. His full name was Karl Wilhelm Adolf Niemöller. He died on 12 May 1932 in Ahrensburg, Stormarn.
  17. Because IR 47's Chef was König Ludwig III., the regiment was the most likely Prussian one to receive Bavarian decorations. Some 60 officers of the regiment are known to have the Military Merit Order with Swords. Hartmann's award was among the following made on 7 December 1914 to officers and men of IR 47: • BMV4XKr to 3 Majors • BMV4X to 3 Hauptleute, 1 Rittmeister d.L., 4 Oberleutnants (2 d.R., 1 d.L.), and 14 Leutnants (5 d.R.) • BMV5aX to 2 Feldwebelleutnants • BMV5bXKr to 3 Offizier-Stellvertreter • BMV5bX to 3 Feldwebels and 4 Vizefeldwebels • BMV5cXKr to 5 Sergeants and 12 Unteroffiziere (8 d.R.) • BMV5cX to 8 Gefreiters (4 d.R.), 10 Musketiers and 5 Reservists • BMV5bKV to 1 Waffenmeister These initial awards account for just under 1/3 of the regiment's officers and under 2% of the NCOs and enlisted men at that point (assuming 80 or so officers, medical officers and Beamten and 3300 NCOs and men on mobilization, minus casualties, plus replacements). For an NCO, you're right that being on a staff, rather than some random grunt, cetrainly helped. Reminds me of some Legionnaire I know who missed out on an award by not being in the "right" place.
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    Streve, Gustav

    Another Streve example, from a Beurteilung:
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    Hausser, Paul

    From a late-war Beurteilung:
  20. I did not know there were receipts for the Hausorden. I've only seen the receipts for the LKEK and about one-third of the LK awards. I should be in Detmold again this summer, but I am not sure when. There seem to have been a number of post-war awards by the former ruling house, many of which were then backdated, usually to 5.11.1918 (one week before the abdication) or 12.11.1918, or some point in between. I have no idea why they messed up the "mit" and "ohne" Schwertern entries. Another odd example: Hptm. Oskar Karkowski received the LK on 5.11.1918, and his receipt was dated the same day. He is not in the LDH rolls, but in his Wehrmacht personnel file, he has the LDH4aX (also dated 5.11.1918) and the LDHOX (dated 12.11.1918). These appear to have been backdated awards from the former ruling house, but I have no idea when they were actually awarded.
  21. That Kriegsrangliste-Auszug is not Anton/Antonius, but Friedrich. The Vornamen are also wrong. Friedrich Graf von Korff gen. Schmising-Kerssenbrock was Friedrich Alfred Hermann Maria Hubertus, *10.4.1894 in Klanzig, gef. 3.9.1917 bei Muncelul, Rumänien. He was a Bavarian officer in the Infanterie-Leib-Regiment. The Antonius whom Rick identified is the only Graf Korff gen. Schmising-Kerssenbrock with "Antonius" or "Anton" as a Rufname listed in the Gothaisches Genealogisches Handbuch der Gräflichen Häuser. Almost all of them also use the Latin versions of their names, by the way. His full name was Emanuel Maria Margareta Antonius Augustinus Thomas Bonifacius Fridericus Gabriel Bapt. Majella Hubertus Walpurgis Johannes Petrus u. Paulus Graf Korff gen. Schmising-Kerssenbrock, *30.6.1895 in Brincke. His brother Joseph was Emanuel Maria Joseph Walpurgis Klemens August Friedrich Leopold Dominikus Antonius Johannes Heinrich Rembert Hubertus Gerard Georg Ignatius Karl Graf Korff gen. Schmising-Kerssenbrock, *14.8.1886 in Brincke. Günther, the Fähnrich in the Garde-Jäger-Bataillon, was a second cousin (their grandfathers were brothers). The older brother Ferdinand referred to in the excerpt was an Oberleutnant in the Garde-Kürassier-Regiment, killed on 25.10.1918.
  22. The Feldschnalle is: • Königlich Preußischer Kronenorden, 4.Klasse (21.1.1912) • Fürstlich Lippischer Hausorden, Ehrenkreuz 4. Klasse, 1. Abteilung (11.6.1913) • Kaiser Wilhelm-Gedächtnismedaille (22.3.1897) • Herzoglich Sachsen-Ernestinischer Hausorden, Ritterkreuz 2. Klasse (18.8.1911) • Fürstlich Schaumburg-Lippischer Hausorden, Ehrenkreuz 4. Klasse (20.2.1912) • Großherzoglich Mecklenburgischer Greifen-Orden, Ritterkreuz (25.7.1910) • Königlich Sächsischer Albrechtorden, Ritterkreuz 1. Klasse (27.12.1913) • Herzoglich Braunschweigischer Hausorden Heinrich des Löwen, Ritterkreuz 2. Klasse (15.3.1913) In addition, he also received: • Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse • Johanniterorden, Ehrenritter • Großherzoglich Hessisches Allgemeines Ehrenzeichen "Für Tapferkeit" (15.2.1915) • Fürstlich Lippisches Kriegsverdienstkreuz (25.3.1915/28.3.1915) • Herzoglich Sachsen-Ernestinischer Hausorden, Ritterkreuz 1. Klasse mit Schwertern (17.12.1915) I assume he also received the EK1, but that would have been after his 1915 Lippe Kriegsverdienstkreuz (LK) receipt, where he listed his awards. Roman also mentioned the swords award of the Lippischer Hausorden. The difference in dates for the Lippe and Schaumburg-Lippe awards from what Roman provided above are probably the difference between the official award date and the date he actually received them. The dates I have above are those which he provided himself in his receipt for his LK. The dates for that cross which I have above are the award and receipt dates. His MG3 is dated 11.6.1910 in the Mecklenburg rolls, so that is probably another example of award date vs. receipt date. Regards, Dave
  23. That's Heinz. I was going through my references and notes to see if I could figure out where the information I had on him came from, and it turns out it was me. I had found him in an edition of the Deutsches Geschlechterbuch among several other members of the Körner family. Körner, Heinz Wilhelm, *31.12.1882 in Militsch in Schlesien; 21.2.03 als Fahnenjunker in das FAR 52 eingetreten, 16.8.04 Lt., 18.8.12 OLt., 1916 Hptm., Fhr. FA A 201, Maj.a.D. No other awards were listed in his DGB entry.
  24. That is my understanding as well. The Ehrenrangliste usually only lists a different unit if you ended the war with that unit. So if he returned to the regiment at the end of the war, any other assignments would not be listed. Frontflieger.de also has Hptm. Körner as Fhr. FA A 201 in November 1917.
  25. The roll is for all awards of the Order, as well as the Order of Berthold I and House Order of Loyalty, including swords and non-swords awards. I have copies of pages 224 to 550, running from 30 October 1913 to the end of the war and the Grand Duchy in November 1918. It is not organized by class; rather, all classes are in chronological order. There are lines for 30 entries per page, so that means some 9800 awards of all classes on these pages. World War I awards with swords begin on page 240. I suppose I could simply start counting from there, but it is simply a slow, time-consuming process for little reward. I considered doing an update to Roth's book, but I do not think there is enough interest to justify the publishing costs *. Rick and Daniel barely broke even on the previous series of books. Right now, my priorities are Schwarzburg, which is completed and awaiting formatting/publication, Anhalt, which is mostly done, and Schaumburg-Lippe, which is also mostly done. There is also another problem with the roll, which might partly explain the difference between Volle's and Roth's numbers, and also while starting in August 1914 and counting awards won't work. Note the following entry for Hermann Clemm. As a Fabrikant in Gernsbach, he received the BZ3bE on 2.7.1914. As a Rittmeister d.L., he received the BZ3bXE on 16.8.1915. The clerk who maintained the roll entered the swords award here on the same page as the earlier non-swords award, rather than under the other 16.8.1915 awards. This happened in a number of cases, though apparently not most of them, where a holder of a peacetime class received a wartime class. This also happened in a number of cases where someone simply received a higher class or classes over the course of his life. So if you are looking for a specific award such as Clemm's BZ3bXE and you know the date of award, you will find that it is not on the page(s) with awards from that date. And that also means you'd have to go back through many of the earlier pages to find all of the other wartime awards listed with the recipient's peacetime award(s). When it was gazetted in the Staatsanzeiger, Clemm's swords award was included with other awards made on the same day, so it was included in Roth's book with the right date. I suspect Roth's 1479 number was correct as far as it went, getting all of the awards officially published and missing only the late war awards, bringing the total to 1529, while Volle's higher 1504 number might be because he supplemented his number with information from other sources. Several of the "missing" late-war recipients were later Reichswehr and Wehrmacht officers, for example, so their awards showed up in later sources or photos. But as I noted above, I cannot say for certain without going through the entire roll all the way back to the 1800s. * PS: I do think there is some value in updating Roth's book. For wartime security reasons, the actual unit was often not listed in the Staatsanzeiger, so Roth's book has numerous entries such as "Leutnant d.R. (Fliegerabteilung)". The actual roll, however, includes the full unit designation. Also, as with my other works, I seek to include additional information where available such as dates of birth/death and civilian occupations. I have been trying to make these books more than just lists of awards and names, but to the extent possible memorials to the men who earned them. PPS: I did compile the list of those "missing" 1918 awards. It was supposed to be published by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ordenskunde as a supplement to the Roth book - I believe as a PDF or maybe in their magazine? - but I am not sure of the status.