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I know date of his birth and death and that during WW1 he commanded 5th honved cavalry division but i don't have any other information about this general (ranks, other units in which he served and comanded during his career and WW1, when he was born, place of his death exc.). Also, i am looking for his picture?
Thanks in advance.
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The followings are my own translations from a Hungarian-language newspaper article, which was based on original German-language documents kept at the Kriegsarchiv in Vienna (which I have never seen). Thus after two rounds of translations and without the opportunity to consult the original documents in Vienna, I can not guarantee the complete accuracy of the following informations:
Generalleutnant Baron Sámuel Apor von Altorja
Birth: 27th August 1856 in Sopron, Hungary
1875: enrolled to the cadet school (Kadettenschule) in Vienna
1st May 1877: promoted to the rank of Leutnant
First he served in the k.u.k. Ulanen-Regiment Nr. 6, later in the k.u.k. Husaren-Regiment Nr. 8 in Ruma. As platoon commandant of the latter, he participated in the battle of Samac on 14th September 1878 during the occupation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Later he was promoted to Major, and from 1900 to 1904 he served as the aide-de-camp (Flügeladjutant) of the Emperor.
1907: promoted to the rank of Oberst (colonel)
Between 1908 and 1912 he served as the commandant of the k.u.k Husaren-Regiment Nr. 13
Later he served as the commandant of the Honvéd Kavallerie-Truppendivision Nr. 5
At the outbreak of the war he was sent together with his Truppendivision to the Galician front. One of his most heroic battles was the cavalry charge at Gorodok on 17th August 1914, where his troops suffered heavy casualties, nevertheless they were able to force the Russian infantry to retreat.
He served on the Russian front until Autumn 1916, whereafter he was transferred to the Rumanian front. Here he contracted a disease that proved to be fatal; he was hospitalized at the Liget Szanatórium in Budapest, where he died of his disease on 18th August 1917.
He is buried in the old military section of the Farkasréti Cemetery in Budapest, in plot 55, grave 1-32.
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this from the Kaiserjubiläumswerk of 1908. Unfortunately, no photograph.