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.
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.
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.
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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.