Looking for a burial place, Eastern Front, August 1915

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Looking for a burial place, Eastern Front, August 1915

Post by Helmut0815 » 09 May 2019 22:02

Dear members,

I'm looking for the burial place of my wife's great-granduncle Wilhelm who served in Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment 225 and got killed in action on August 14th 1915 at the eastern front.
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Seine letzte Ruhestätte ist in einem Wäldchen 1 km von Brewuski-Barwadn. (His final resting place is in a copse 1 km from Brewuski-Barwadn)
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I can't find any place named like this. As far as I know Res.-Inf.-Rgt. 225 was part of the 49th Reserve-Division which was fighting somewhere at the Bug river near Brest on that date. Any ideas?


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Helmut
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Re: Looking for a burial place, Eastern Front, August 1915

Post by waldopepper » 10 May 2019 18:27

There is a 475 page regimental history for this regiment:

Kriegsgeschichte des Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment 225 nach Aufzeichnungen aus dem Felde

You might consult that work to determine the place name in question.

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Re: Looking for a burial place, Eastern Front, August 1915

Post by Simon H » 07 Dec 2019 23:01

According to the lists the 49th Division, the 225th Reserve Infantry Regiment being a part of this Dividion, was engaged in fighting between Mordy-Losice from 12.08.1915 - 14.08.1915.
WW2 Battlefield Relics: German Erkennungsmarken Identification.

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Re: Looking for a burial place, Eastern Front, August 1915

Post by Helmut0815 » 09 Dec 2019 18:32

Thank you very much, Simon.

However I still can't find the exact place mentioned on the epitaph, I think it's misspelled.


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Re: Looking for a burial place, Eastern Front, August 1915

Post by GregSingh » 09 Dec 2019 22:46

They spelled it quite properly. It's Rzewuski-Zawady. You can find it on Google maps as well.
Here is a fragment of 1930's map.

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If we become increasingly humble about how little we know, we may be more eager to search.

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Re: Looking for a burial place, Eastern Front, August 1915

Post by jluetjen » 11 Dec 2019 01:23

One of the biggest sources of confusion I've found regarding the eastern front is place names. The central powers inevitably used the German spelling for many place names, especially if they were in the area that was once part of the Austro-Hungarian empire at some point, but also for many places that had German populations. After the end of both world wars, boundaries were shifted and a lot of these places were then renamed (or at least the spelling was updated) to the Slavic spelling. This is what is generally used to this day.

While the larger places may be searchable in Google, the Germanic names for many smaller places have been largely forgotten. The best solution is use these maps from a 1910 survey of the Austro-Hungarian empire and the surrounding regions. If you can pinpoint the particular map to zero-in on based on a previous position of the unit, it's then a question of searching the neighborhood. The maps are detailed down to showing larger buildings, much like the image shown above.

The other thing is that much like the western front, many of the grave sites may have been consolidated and moved from where the solder was originally recorded as being buried. The best bet is to connect to the German war graves registry ( https://www.volksbund.de/en/graebersuch ... CcQAvD_BwE ). I've used them a couple of time and the service is quite efficient.

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Re: Looking for a burial place, Eastern Front, August 1915

Post by Helmut0815 » 11 Dec 2019 20:52

GregSingh wrote:
09 Dec 2019 22:46
They spelled it quite properly. It's Rzewuski-Zawady.
That's it! Thank you very much.



Helmut

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