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His military rank was Vizefeldwebel d.R..
Since March 1915 he served with the 4. Feldkompanie of the Schutztruppe.
October 30, 1919 he was promoted Leutnant d.R. as of August 28, 1915.
According to my information he died as PoW 1918 in Blantyre.
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Actually, this thread brings up something that I've wondered about in the past. What determined whether a fallen soldier, who was serving abroad at the time of his death, was laid to rest in foreign soil or returned home? Was it a matter of national economy or policy? An issue of the family's capacity or willingness to bear the expense of exhumation, transport, and reinterment? Or are there other considerations?
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My first post and I hope this thread is not too old now?
My interest is WW1 PoWs held in Malta and I have Gustav Unfried recorded there as a PoW from 1917 to 1919.
His Malta PoW number was 2280, which places him in a group of Officers and NCO's that arrived from East Africa via Egypt on 4th November 1917. Malta National Archives record his departure to Venice on 6th December 1919, on-board SS Semiramis.
Assuming it is the same person, it would explain the date on the tomb, but conflicts with the Blantyre information.