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After spending countless hours going through various Ranglisten I think I may have finally tracked down him down - I think my mystery Oberst is Hermann Germershausen of k.u.k. IR 51.
Everything matches with two exceptions, the first is he is wearing (directly after the Order of the Iron Crown 3rd Class) what appears to be a Silver Signum Laudis on the ribbon of the bravery medal, but the 1918 Rangliste does not show him having been a warded this medal. Could this simply be a matter of the award being made mid- late in 1918 and therefore after the 1918 Rangliste was compiled. Very likely, I think.
The second issue is the bigger of the two for me. Why would the 1899 Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha 1899 Silver Wedding Anniversary medal be awarded to an officer serving in Common Army (Hungarian) Regiment’s (IR 44, IR 38, IR 48, IR 62 and IR 51). As far as I can see neither he nor his regiments had any connection to the Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha ruling house?
The following is what I have confirmed on Oberst Germershausen’s career. 01 Sep 1886 Kadett IR 44 01 May 1889 Leutnant IR 38 01 Nov 1893 Oberleut. IR 38 (1898 - ?? Instructor at the Hermannstadt Kadettenschule) 01Nov 1901 Hauptleute IR 48 1912 Hauptleute IR 62 01 May 1912 Major IR 51 01 Jul 1915 Obstlt IR 51 01 Aug 1918 Oberst IR 51