Simon Ellinger

Information about birth

General information

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

Army information

German Empire
Imperial German Army
 —  4. Kompagnie, I. Bataillon, Kgl. Bayer. Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 16  (Last known unit)

Information about death

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


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

Distinctions and medals 1

Points of interest 3

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

My story

Simon Ellinger, a former farmer, was born on 29 July 1888 in Holzen, Vilsbiburg, Niederbayern, Kingdom of Bavaria. He was the son of Georg and Maria Holzner. By 1914 Simon lived in Stockham, Vilsbiburg, Niederbayern. He was called up as an ersatz-reservist on August 15th, 1914. Around 1917 Simon served as an Infanterist in the 4. Kompagnie, I. Bataillon, Kgl. Bayer. Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 16, which was part of the 20. Kgl. Bayer. Infanterie-Brigade, of the 10. Kgl. Bayer. Infanterie-Division.

On 5 October 1917 the 10. Kgl. Bayer. Infanterie-Division relieved the 17. Infanterie-Division between Geluveld and Reutel. The Kgl. Bayer. Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 16 (who went into the line on the night between 6 and 7 October 1917) took the left flank of the front, the Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 6 the middle and Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 8 the right flank. The three battalions of the regiment were divided into a rotational system, namely a combat (kampf) battalion at the front line, a standby (bereitschafts) battalion and a Reserve battalion. The battalions switched roll and position every couple days.

On 12 October the I. Bataillon was the standby battalion. In the following days the entire regiment would be relieved. At midnight between the 13th and 14th October the I. Bataillon was relieved by the I. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 69. They moved to Artoishoek, north of Geluwe.

Simon Ellinger, aged 29, was killed in action 13 October 1917. The kriegsstammrolle notes that he died at about 6:30 a.m. near Geluveld after suffering wounds to his head and legs by artillery. Infanterist Ellinger was buried 600 metres northeast of Geluveld. His remains were exhumed and interred in the Kameradengrab at the Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof Langemark.

Sources 2

Brennfleck, Josef Karl. Das Königlich Bayerische 16. Infanterie-Regiment Großherzog Ferdinand von Toskana im Weltkrieg 1914-1918 (München: Verlag der Veröffentlichung des Bayerischen Kriegsarchivs, 1931), 279-292.
Sources used
Kriegsstammrollen, 1914-1918. (Bayerisches Staatsarchiv, München (HStA), Abteilung IV, Kriegsarchiv).
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