Pionier units and Etappe regiments

Unteroffizier Karl Geiser served with 2. Kompagnie Württembergisches Pionier-Bataillon No. 13 as a replacement recruit from 1901 to 1902. He was recalled to Württembergisches Ersatz-Pionier-Bataillon Nr. 13, 3. Landsturm-Kompagnie in February 1915 and saw action on the Eastern Front before being transferred to 7. Ersatz-Kompagnie in November 1917 and discharged in November 1918. Awarded the EK II.

Pionier Adolf Bollermann joined II. Rekrut-Depot Ersatz-Pionier-Bataillon 7 in June 1917 and transferred to 4. Ersatz-Kompagnie Ersatz-Pionier-Bataillon 7 in September of the same year. In April 1918 he was assigned to 1. Kompagnie Pionier-Feldrekruten-Depot 7 and in June to 4. Feld-Kompagnie Pionier-Bataillon 16, part of 56. Reserve-Infanterie-Brigade, 28. Reserve-Division. He saw action in static fighting on the Oise and Marne, took part in the attack on the Marne, in defensive fighting between Soissons and Reims, mobile defensive fighting between the Marne and Vesle, static fighting on the Marne and was captured by American forces while fighting in the Mihiel salient in September 1918. Released from captivity and discharged in Dortmund in October 1919. Awarded the EK II.

Pionier August Renner served with 1. Rheinisches Pionier-Bataillon Nr. 8 from 1911 to 1913. For 8 months he was promoted to Gefreiter until removed of his rank 3 months before his service ended. On mobilisation he was assigned to 1. Feld-Kompagnie 1. Pionier-Bataillon No. 27, part of 31. Infanterie-Division. He saw action in Lothringen, at Nancy-Epinal and on the Somme until the division was transferred to the Eastern Front at the end on January 1915. Following the ceasefire in December 1917, he returned for training on the Western Front. He then saw action in Flanders, at Mount Kemmel, between the Maas and Mosel, in the Mihiel salient, west of the Mosel and between the Aire and Maas. Discharged in November 1918. Awarded the EK II and EK I.

Gefreiter Wilhelm Lange served as a three-year volunteer with 3. Eskadron 1. Garde-Dragoner-Regiment Königin von Grossbritannien und Irland from 1896 to 1899. He joined 1. Eskadron 1. Garde-Train-Ersatz-Abteilung in August 1914. In January 1917, he was assigned to 3. Ersatz-Kompagnie Ersatz-Bataillon Eisenbahn-Regiment Nr. 1 and was transferred to Eisenbahn-Betriebskompagnie 207 a week later and to Eisenbahn-Betriebskompagnie 97 in June 1917. Took part in static fighting on the Sereth and involved in the ceasefire and as occupation forces on the Rumanian front. Discharged on demobilisation in December 1918. Awarded ungarische Kriegserinnerungsmedaille mit Schwertern und Helm, Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer, österreichische Kriegserinnerungsmedaille mit Schwertern and E.M.

Unteroffizier Karl Reese entered service at the recruit depot of Eisenbahn-Regiment 3 in January 1915. He visited courses for officer aspirants and spent time with replacement battalions until he was assigned to Infanterie-Regiment 88 in November 1916 and then to Stabsoffizier der Pioniere 69 at Ecurey near Verdun in April 1917. Awarded the EK II.

Pionier Erich Baumann was recruited into Armierungs-Bataillon 57 as an army construction worker in August 1914 and was posted to the 6. Bataillon at Fortress Graudenz two days later. In September 1915 he was transferred to the replacement battalion of Pionier-Regiment 23 and in November to Scheinwerfer-Ersatz-Bataillon Spandau. After recovering from gonorrhoea in early 1916, he was posted to Reserve-Scheinwerfer-Zug 8, which was involved in fighting on the Aisne in the 11. Korps sector. From August 1916 to December 1917 he saw action in the Pripjet marshes on the Eastern Front. In May 1918 he returned to 5. Armee on the Western Front and saw action at Verdun and finally with Handscheinwerfer-Trupp 243, part of 38. Landwehr-Division, and then 5. Landsturm-Pionier-Kompagnie, 9. A.K., on the Lys. Discharged in December 1918. No awards recorded.

Soldat Georg Oswald served with Königlich Sächsisches 15. Infanterie-Regiment No. 181 4. Kompagnie from 1902 to 1904. In February 1915 he was recalled to the replacement battalion of (Leib-)Grenadier-Regiment No. 100 and was posted to Sächsische Sanitäts-Kompagnie Nr. 535 (formerly Reserve-Sanitäts-Kompagnie No. 53) a week later. He saw action on the Yser, at Ypres and in French Flanders and Champagne in 1915, in Flanders and on the Somme before being transferred to the Eastern Front at the end of 1916, on the Narajowka, in East Galicia and on the Zbrucz in 1917, and returned to the Western Front where he was involved in the fighting during the 1918 Spring offensive, on the Ancre, Somme and Avre, in the Soissons and Reims sectors, between the Marne and Vesle and in Argonne. Discharged in December 1918. Awarded the EK II and bronzene Friedrich-August-Medaille.

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