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Let me introduce to you Feldwebel Merényi (Maczéjka) Ferenc of the k.u.k. 69 (Freiherr v. Leitner, later Hindenburg) IR.

His short service record (from the regimental history):

- 1911/13 conscripted service in the 69. IR

- 1914.07.28-1917.11.01 draft agency Székesfehérvár

- 1917.11.01-1918.03.14 Pilsen 69. IR replacement batallion, Italian theatre in Rizzolo, 6th army as the teacher of the paymaster school.

434th POW group St.Antonio, Trischina and Tovenába.

- 1918.11.18 back to Székesfehérvár and became professional NCO

Served in the 3rd infantry regiment until 1922 then joined to the Hungarian Railways.

As recruit in 1911:

Like Feldwebel after the war (according the contemporary military slang: hero father or old holiness :) )

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Stabsfeldwebel (Staff Sergeant) Leopold (Lipót) Gérer, Platoon Commander (Zugskommandant), Maschinengewehr Kompanie III. (III. Machine gun Company). He is wearing "Great" silver bravery medal - two times awarded, "Little" silver bravery medal, bronze bravery medal, Karl - Troops Cross and Mobilization Cross 1912/13...

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..here one civilian with medals... and one brain - teaser.. :) who can guess wich medals is he wearing? :)

Well, it's the first one that is difficult...

Because #2 and #3 are...

VERDIENSTKREUZ mit KRONE

JUBILÄUMS - MEDAILLE für ZIVILSTAATSBEDIENSTETE (1898)

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..here one civilian with medals... and one brain - teaser.. :) who can guess wich medals is he wearing? :)

Is the fir

...oh, i forgot... the photograph is made 1882, so no Jubilee medal :)

Okay... The first one could be something to do with...

Johanniter-Malterser-Ordenen für das Grosspriorat Österreich und Böhmen

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I've got it! Landwehr economical officer (Truppenrechnungsführer-Offizier)

They had same double-breasted dark green waffenrock with light blue piping and collar as the k.u.k Armee but with silver numbered buttons! And the economical officers had normal rank stars not rosettes.

The 2 means the 2nd Landwehr Regiment Linz.

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If you're only going to have three medals, you can do worse than these three :)

1st Lt. with I. & II. class Silver Bravery Medals and Karl Truppenkreutz. He recieved as Fähnrich or lower rank because these Bravery Medals were non-officer awards.

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1st Lt. with I. & II. class Silver Bravery Medals and Karl Truppenkreutz. He recieved as Fähnrich or lower rank because these Bravery Medals were non-officer awards.

Thank you for your commentary, Markgraf. I always have difficulty distinguishing between the rank insignia for a Gefreiter and for a Leutnant/Oberleutnant as they seem the same or similar to me. Because of the awards, which you point out are for non-commissioned ranks, I had assumed he was a Gefreiter. How can you tell, in this particular case, that he is actually an Oberleutnant, please?

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