Searching For Traces Of 1914 Contact The story behind a boy's name

The story behind a boy’s name

Carl Allemenröder – an early graduate of Humboldt-Grammar School for Boys – now a secondary-school for girls and boys in Solingen

Researched of year 9 students of the course „History/ Geography“ (Dr. Girke) of Humboldt-Gymnasium Solingen (HGS)

One trace was recovered in our school, Humboldt-Gymnasium in Solingen. The school was established in 1903 about a decade before World War I started. One of its early graduates was a young man, called Karl Allmenröder. We tried to research the biography behind this name, we found on the World War I memorial situated in our school (image 1). Karl Allmenröder was buried in the World War I cemetery in Solingen Wald (images 9 and 10). He was 21 years old, when he was killed in action.

Memorial situated in Humboldt-secondary-school with names of graduates and students of that school, killed in action during World War I (left  side). The detail on the right side shows the name of Karl Allmenröder in the second line. MMemorial situated in Humboldt-secondary-school with names of graduates and students of that school, killed in action during World War I (left  side). The detail on the right side shows the name of Karl Allmenröder in the second line.

Memorial situated in Humboldt-secondary-school with names of graduates and students of that school, killed in action during World War I (left side). The detail on the right side shows the name of Karl Allmenröder in the second line.

Karl Allmenröder was a military pilot in squadron No. 11 “Richthofen” and second leader of this squadron, when the leader Manfred von Richthofen was absent. Karl Allmenröder shot down 30 military planes. On June 14th in 1917 he was decorated with the highest Prussian medal called “Pour le merite” (image 2). Thirteen days later, on June 27th he was shot down himself and killed in his plane in Kleinzillebeke in Flandern nearby Ypern/Belgium.

Headline: Karl Allmenröder in front of his military plane,
					an Albatross D3 ( 1917).

Top: Karl Allmenröder, decorated with the medal “Pour le Merite”.
Middle: Karl Allmenröder in front of his military plane, an Albatross D3 ( 1917).
Bottom: Obituary notice of June 28th 1917 in a newspaper of Solingen-Wald.

The chronicle of grammar school „Am Rosenkamp” in Solingen-Wald (July 1917).

The glory to be the first city in the region of „Bergisches Land“, to have one of their heroes decorated with the medal „Pour le Merite“, is claimed of the city of Wald. The younger of two sons of our reverent, Mr. Allmenröder, who belonged as a military pilot to squadron No. 11 (Richthofen) was honoured in this way. His happiness felt about that decoration lasted only for a short time, because a couple of days later, Karl Allmenröder was shoot down himself by a British Air force pilot. His dead body was transported back to the city of Wald and buried honourably. He was laid out for a public viewing in the church of Wald and in the morning of his funeral teachers lead their pupils to the church to see the nicely decorated church and the body of Lieutenant Allmenröder. In the afternoon the pupils formed a guard of honour. The funeral ceremony was reported by the local newspaper.

Today’s elementary school “Am Rosenkamp” in June 2013.

Top: Reserve hospital in the grammar school “Am Rosenkamp” 1914/1915
Bottem(left and right): Today’s elementary school “Am Rosenkamp” in June 2013

Today’s elementary school “Am Rosenkamp” in June 2013.

Graves of soldiers, killed in World War I in the local cemetery. It includes Almenröder’s grave

Researched and written by:
Jakob Burkhardt
Julia Wester
Jannis Schippau
Leon Zwanzig
Sophie Weber
Alison Beuscher
Simon Fedder
Manuel Krahl
Jana Rosenstock
Philip Schreiber
Sina Schultes
Martin Jäger
Philipp Röltgen
Tim Adamek
Lucas Farrenkothen
Lea Püttbach
Robin Sackmann
Alina Seidler
Vincent Thomas

Bildnachweis:
Die Fotos, die in diesem Beitrag verwendet werden, wurden entnommen aus:  Geschichte in Solingen, Schriftenreihe des Bergischen Geschichtsvereins, Abteilung Solingen e.V., Band 1, Solingen im Ersten Weltkrieg, 1984
Sie entstammen ursprünglich dem Stadtarchiv Solingen, das freundlicherweise die Veröffentlichung im Rahmen des LVR-Projektes "Traces 1914" genehmigt hat.