What I know is that he was born 1896 in East Prussia at the very eastern part the Memel area (today Lithuania), that he was in the normal infantry (so no engineer or artillery or fancy guards etc.). So he must have been 18 when the war started and was certainly not in the "Reserve" or the "Landwehr" because of that, i.e. he must found himself in the regular divisions.
The German Imperial Army had recruitment areas (see map one) which for the part where Grandpa came from is clearly the I corps. At the beginning of the war the I corps constituted itself of the 1st and 2nd divisions and the 37th division.
|(Map one) recruitment areas of the Imperial Army 1914|
|(Map two) Location of the Brigades at peacetime 1914|
|Photo from Atelier Max Ehrhardt, Libauerstraße 20, Memel (Klaipieda)|
|A postcard from my Granpa, himself the second to the left on the top row standing (lots of decoration for 15 men).|
An Enigma are the numbers on the shoulder clasp of the front guy with the dog, which are 358. which cannot be a divisional number on its own, maybe the 35th division and the 8th Pomeranian infantry regiment ... but they weren‘t at Verdun and the recruitment area would not match ... the 35th Regt. was even further away (from Brandenburg) ... it might be as well that I‘m misinterpreting the 3 and 8 for swirls as the 41st was also the 5th East-Prussian regiment ... well history will stay as evasive as ever ...
For sure I will never know, but I have the slightest inkling that Grandpa might possibly had served in the 41st.
Thank you for interest.