Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Allershausen, Oberbayern, Kingdom of Bavaria, German Empire

General information

Last known residence:
Kranzberg, Oberbayern, Kingdom of Bavaria, German Empire
Day laborer
Roman Catholic

Army information

German Empire
Imperial German Army
Enlistment date:
 —  8. Kompagnie, II. Bataillon, Kgl. Bayer. Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 2  (Last known unit)

Information about death

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


Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof Langemark (Kameradengrab)
Plot: Unknown
Row: Unknown
Grave: Unknown

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 3

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

My story

Paul Aberl, a former day laborer, was born on 20 February 1893 in Allershausen, Oberbayern, Kingdom of Bavaria. He was the son of Peter and Genofeva Maier. Paul, his wife Minna Grassl and their twoo children (some sources state three) lived in Kranzberg, Oberbayern. He had done his military service between 1905-1907 and was called up on August 5th, 1914. By 1917 he served as served as a gefreiter in the 8. Kompagnie, II. Bataillon, Kgl. Bayer. Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 2, part of the 1. Kgl. Bayer. Reserve-Infanterie-Brigade, of the 1. Kgl. Bayer. Reserve-Division.

On 8 October 1917 the Kgl. Bayer. Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 2 relieved Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 98 at the front, west of Zandvoorde. They had the Kgl. Bayer. Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 1 on their left and Infanterie-Regiment 139 on their right. The main defensive line was the lower ground of the Basseville stream, but the regiment also had two forward strongholds called “Drossel-West” and “Fink”. This sector of the front was relatively quiet since the main allied attack was located to the north near Geluveld. Most casualties fell due to artillery when companies relieved each other between the front near Zandvoorde, support area near Kruiseik and rest area at Geluwe. These positions were held until they were relieved on 12 February 1918.

On 26 October 1917 the regiment was placed on high alert due to the start of a renewed allied attack, which would later be known as the Second Battle of Passchendaele. On the same day the II. Bataillon - which until then was resting in Geluwe – moved up the line to Kruiseke, where they suffered considerable losses due to shelling.

Paul Aberl, aged 34, was killed in action on October 26, 1917. The kriegsstammrolle notes that Paul died after being hit in the head by shrapnel and was buried at Hill 45 about 600 metres south of Kruiseke (note that Hill 45 lies just west of Kruiseke). Gefreiter Aberl has no known grave and is remembered on the Kameradengrab at the Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof Langemark.

Sources 2

Helbing, Max, Ernst Ritter von Brunner, en Martin Ritter von Dittelberger. Das K.B. Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 2. (München: Verlag Bayerisches Kriegsarchiv, 1926), 114-117.
Sources used
Kriegsstammrollen, 1914-1918. (Bayerisches Staatsarchiv, München (HStA), Abteilung IV, Kriegsarchiv).
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