Johann Geiger

Information about birth

General information

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

Army information

German Empire
Imperial German Army
Enlistment date:
 —  3. Maschinengewehr-Kompagnie, III. Bataillon, Kgl. Bayer. Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 16  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Feldlazarett Nr. 298, Wevelgem, Belgium
Cause of death:
Died of wounds (D.O.W.)


Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof Menen
Plot: M
Row: Unknown
Grave: 1641

Points of interest 3

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

My story

Johann Geiger, a former shoemaker, was born on 22 October 1897 in Gerzen, Vilsbiburg, Niederbayern, Kingdom of Bavaria, German Empire. He was the son of Bartholomäus und Magdalena Moser. By 1914 Johann lived in Gerzen, Vilsbiburg, Niederbayern. He was called up 2 June 1916. Around 1917 Johann served as an Infanterist in the 3. MG-Kompanie, III. 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.

During the initial relief on the night between 5 and 6 October 1917, the III. Bataillon was the combat battalion, the II. Bataillon the standby battalion and the I. Bataillon the reserve battalion. The men in the front line were shelled daily and did not have much cover due to the lack of trenches. Instead, they occupied shell holes.

Johann Geiger, aged 19, died of wounds on 9 October 1917. The kriegsstammrolle notes that he succumbed to his wounds at 1:55 a.m. at Feldlazarett 298 near Wevelgem. He was wounded on 7 October 1917 by shrapnel in the chest and abdominal area. Infanterist Geiger was buried at Ehrenfriedhof Meenen Wald Nr. 62, which later became Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof Menen. He is buried in plot M, grave 1641.

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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