Jump to content

Recommended Posts

  • Replies 403
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

  • 1 month later...

I found him...


Oberjäger "Gussan" Gebert


Oberjäger "Gust" Gebert

Ancestry do not seem to figure out his first name either.

From Silesia he was initially in a Gebirgs MG Abteilung before transfering to the 4th Schneeschuh Battalion of the 3rd Jäger...

Took a lot of digging to get that, and I an still not sure what the first name is....

Link to post
Share on other sites

Neither is Sütterlin.  That script was only introduced in the Prussian school system during the war, so adults at the time would not have learned it.  It is just two different versions of Kurrentschrift.  I have no idea why, but it seems to have been the practice for last names in official sources, as shown in the examples Chris posted above.  Below are some examples from the Anhalt Friedrichkreuz rolls. Note that it is the entire last name, not just the first letter, which is in a different script.

Note the two different versions of the letter "C" for Hptm.d.L. Carl Clausert:


And another example of "G" as with Gustav Gebert, this one for Feldwebel Gustav Geier:


Here is "H", for Hermann Hübenthal:


And a couple of "K"s: 


And an amusing one, Friedrich Friedrich:


Link to post
Share on other sites

It seems to be a widespread practice.

All the Anhalt rolls I have are like this, as are the Baden Zähringen Lion Verzeichnis, the Schaumburg-Lippe Kreuz für Treue Dienste Verzeichnis, the Bavarian Kriegsranglisten on Ancestry, the Schwarzburg rolls, etc.  

Maybe it was a way to distinguish surnames from other uses, when surnames were often words.  So, for example, to distinguish Harry Töpfer from a Töpfer named Harry.

Link to post
Share on other sites
On 5.12.2009 at 15:49, Chris Boonzaier said:

Here is another challenge...


He is listed as missing... but what is the other pencil mark?


I read v. G. z.
Von Gefangenschaft zurück ( back from warprison)

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Blog Comments

    • Lapsang Souchong, when i first tasted this I thought it was like stale cigarette ends...it's an acquired taste for sure.  
    • I like my tea strong enough for my spoon to stand up in. My father got me into it. When my father was at RAF Dum Dum 1943-47 most of his fellow officers drank ice cold drinks to mitigate  the heat, his Sikh batman warned him against it and said that strong hot tea would cool him down, most certainly did. So years later in the UK when everybody else was drinking iced drinks on a baking day the wood family was inbibing copious quantities of hot strong brews of Assam's finest. P
    • Hi ccj, Thanks for your comments. Funny how, for me at least, coffee has become a habit more than a conscience choice. It's the old, "Well if you having one (coffee) pour me as well". When I get together with my son-in-law, a former Brit, it's tea all the way. Thanks again. Regards Brian  
    • I live and grew up in the south (USA) and the drink of choice 7 days a week was cold sweet tea. I was unaware Lipton was British because that’s what most southern use for brewing tea. When I joined the army I learned most people in the north and western parts of the USA drank unsweetened tea and that was perplexing to my young brain. Now days I can’t stand sweet iced tea but it’s still the most common drink in the south, but, you can get unsweetened ice tea in the south. Im familiar with ho
    • I drink tea every day (Chinese tea), I used to buy Sri Lankan black tea at the fair before, it was great! I have been reluctant to drink them all. . The tea I’m talking about is just brewing water, not adding other substancesI
  • Create New...