Franz Hopper

Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Griesbach, Niederbayern, Kingdom of Bavaria, German Empire

General information

Last known residence:
Eggersham, Niederbayern, Kingdom of Bavaria, German Empire
Roman Catholic

Army information

German Empire
Imperial German Army
 —  4. Kompagnie, I. Bataillon, Kgl. Bayer. Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 1

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Lauwe, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof Menen
Plot: I
Row: Unknown
Grave: 3151

Points of interest 4

#1 Place of birth
#2 Last known residence
#3 Place of wounding
#4 Place of death (approximate)

My story

Franz Hopper, a former farmhand, was born on 24 June 1877 in Griesbach, Niederbayern. He was the son of Josef and Notburga Amselbauer. Before the outbreak of war, he worked on the Stadlberger farm in Eggersham, Griesbach, Niederbayern. Franz was called up on November 6th, 1915. Around 1917 Franz served as landsturmmann in the 4. Kompagnie, I. Bataillon, Kgl. Bayer. Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 1, which was part of the 1. Kgl. Bayer. Reserve-Infanterie-Brigade, of the 1. Kgl. Bayer. Reserve-Division.

On 9 October 1917, the Kgl. Bayer. Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment No. 1 took up positions around the higher area of Zandvoorde. The main resistance line was west of the Basseville stream, which the troops could only cross in a few places. The situation at the front was very poor due to the continuous rain the shelling. The front consisted only of interlinked shell holes. Allied artillery mainly shelled the supply lines and the rear area, which made supplying and relieving troops at the front difficult. Most casualties occurred en route to or from the front. These reliefs took place every five days.

On 26 October 1917, the 1st Battalion - which until then was resting in Geluwe - had to relieve the battalion in the support line. During the advance to Zandvoorde, the 4. Kompagnie was caught by a direct hit of a shell that caused heavy losses.

Franz Hopper, aged 40, was killed in action on 26 October 1917. He received an abdominal wound due to shellfire near Geluwe. He succumbed to his wounds while being transported to Feldlazarett Nr. 136. Landsturmmann Hopper was initially buried at Ehrenfriedhof No. 180 near Lauwe, grave 183. His remains were later exhumed and interred in the Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof Menen, block I, grave 3151.

Sources 2

Kriegsstammrollen, 1914-1918. (Bayerisches Staatsarchiv, München (HStA), Abteilung IV, Kriegsarchiv).
Sources used
von Schacky, Siegmund. Das K. B. Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 1 (München, Verlag Bayerisches Kriegsarchiv, 1924), 58-62.
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