Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Just so there are no misunderstandings...

I first put this blog together as a tool to find our ancestors. Being descendants in Australia and not being handed down much 'ancestor' knowledge (for reasons unknown to us), myself, my family and cousin(s) are trying to track down our German ancestors.

You'll find references to wars and the thinking of that time. I don't subscribe or endorse any of that.
The only purpose here is to try and discover and make connections with our ancestry. (Tim)

August Storm's grave details

This site had the what details they had at hand of Storm's burial:

They very kindly updated the page after we contacted them with the Hamburg Wilhelmsburg details. We are very thankful for the help that people have generously given us in this search.

Here is a screenshot of the site and page:

August Storm's grave and then some more...

My brother in law, Toby, started to find more:

quick research shows that he was killed on 24 Aug 1914 (not 20th) and is buried in Plaine-de-Walsch (Lorraine, France) at the French/German Military Cemetery. There are 277 graves there, and he is shwon as being in plot no.25. He was listed (rank/job) as a “Fusilier"

and then he found the cemetery on Google street view, of all things - here's a snapshot:

August Storm's grave and then...

Apparently the information was found in
I had tried there but not being able to speak German and using Google translate, I got lost. So, we appreciate the kindness of strangers ("Ken S") who took the time to post it for us.

He also posted further information:

The cemetery is Plaine-de-Walsch. According to the regimental history on August 19 his company advanced toward a village called Sitifort which is about 3 km to the SE of Plaine-de-Walsch and were fired upon by the French. The regimental history states that among the killed were a Lt. Thelen and Feldwebel (ie. a Sergeant) Marienfeld. According to Volksbund there was a Lt. Leonard Thelen who died August 20 and a Vizefeldwebel Marienfeld who died August 21. Both are said to be in unmarked graves, possibly in Plaine-de-Walsch. That shows that in general there appear to have been discrepancies in the dating for casualties at this time and location, also that the burial for members of the regiment killed during this time would (likely) have been Plaine-de-Walsch.

In terms of August Storm's birthplace, there is an online record of the village's war memorial as well as a list of names (Namensregister). Since he does not appear on the list, he likely was resident elsewhere. Fusilier-Regiment Nr. 40 was associated with (but not garrisoned in) a territory called Hohenzollern in southern Germany (around the city of Sigmaringen). After the war, the territory compiled an extensive honor roll listing most from the territory who served in the war, c. 14,000 names. If he was resident there, he will likely be listed; unfortunately, there is no index, and the men are listed by town/village which makes searching a little difficult if you don't know what community they're from. Also I have a book about the garrison of Rastatt where the regiment was located in peacetime. It also has an honor roll."

August Storm's grave found!

Margie joined the Axis forum and in a short conversation got a reply from a "Ken S" who posted these details:

"....from the regiment's honor roll:
S t o r m A u g u s t, Füsl., geb. 29. 1. 91, Hollenbeck, Lauenburg, gef. 19. 8. 14, Vallerystal

this could well be him, despite the slight difference in date. The regimental history briefly mentions the events of Aug. 19, which involved 7. Komp., and the locations mentioned are only several kilometres from the cemetery:

August Storm ruht auf der Kriegsgräberstätte in Plaine-de-Walsch.
Endgrablage: Grab 25
Nachname: Storm
Vorname: August
Dienstgrad: Füsilier
Todes-/Vermisstendatum: 24.08.1914..."

In short, after years of searching - we were given the place of August Storm's burial spot!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

still searching for "Storm" family

Margie and I (Tim) have renewed our search for the Storm family from Wilhelmsburg that we have descended from. There are so many dead ends and roads that go nowhere. However, we know that - someone, somewhere - will know something so we will try. Andra also picks this up too.

Here are a few places we are trying:

Axis History Forum

Find a Grave

German War Graves

Ancestory .com

...keep you posted.....

**Please read the post about "August Storm" below for the reasons why....**