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Gefreiter. Karl Saalmüller

Imperial German Army 3rd Battalion, 9th Coy. 9th (Bavarian) Infantry Regiment

from:Borchentreich, Prussia

(d.7th Jun 1917)


Gefreiter. Georg Sauer

Imperial German Army 3rd Battalion, 9th Coy. 9th (Bavarian) Infantry Regiment

from:Arnstein, Ufr.

(d.7th Jun 1917)


Infanterist. Christian Scheuring

Imperial German Army 3rd Battalion, 9th Coy. 9th (Bavarian) Infantry Regiment

from:Bischbrunn, Ufr.

(d.7th Jun 1917)


Ltn. Franz Schulte

Imperial German Army Air Service

Does anyone know of a source of finding the crew names of German aircraft shot down or crashing in this country during WW1? In particular, a Gotha force-landed near Sturry in Kent on 6/7 December 1917, the crew injured but surviving. One crew member was believed to be Ltn der Reserve Franz Schulte, who ended up in a PoW Camp at Skipton and finally succumbed to the influenza epidemic of 1918.


Unteroffizier. Alois Schultheiss

Imperial German Army 3rd Battalion, 10th Coy. 9th (Bavarian) Infantry Regiment

from:Bastheim, Ufr.

(d.7th Jun 1917)


Gefreiter. Georg Schöller

Imperial German Army 3rd Battalion, 9th Coy. 9th (Bavarian) Infantry Regiment

from:Hüttenheim, Ufr.

(d.7th Jun 1917)


Gefreiter. Bernhard Seitz

Imperial German Army 3rd Battalion, 10th Coy. 9th (Bavarian) Infantry Regiment

from:Remlingen, Ufr.

(d.7th Jun 1917)


George Staiger

German Navy SMS Wittelsbach

from:Pommertsweiler, Germany

My grandfather, George Staiger, served aboard the Wittlesbach, a pre-WW1 ship during the Great War. He was supposed to be a gunners mate, but while on liberty in Wilhelmshaven waiting for his first assignment, the Wittelsbach, to return to port he was admiring the window display of a butcher shop that had meats and wursts he had never seen before, when he was roughly grabbed by the scruff of the neck by a Navy Chaplain who demanded to know why he didn't salute a superior officer. My grandfather tried to explain he was looking in the window and the chaplain replied that he should have seen his reflection in the glass. My grandfather was written up and when the Wittelsbach returned to port, he was reassigned as a Coal Tender and shovelled coal for the duration of the war.

His first meal aboard the Wittelsbach was black bread and Limburger cheese. He began picking out the maggots from the cheese when an old salt told him to just eat them because everything had maggots. At the end of the war, my grandfather returned home to find out his brother who had gone into the Army was killed at Verdun.

The only job he could find in post-war Germany was as a coal tender on the Orient Express which he did until emigrating to the US in 1925. My other grandfather, Thomas Hallowell, served in the 109th Infantry, 28th Division and was wounded by gas and shrapnel. He and George never got along.

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We are very keen to track down these often forgotten documents and obtain photographs and transcriptions of the names recorded so that they will be available for all to remember.

Help us to build a database of information on those who served both at home and abroad so that future generations may learn of their sacrifice.

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