German Grave Marker, 18 years old died in Normandy, Can anyone find any more info on this guy?

Discussion in 'WW2 Militaria' started by summerdannys, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. summerdannys

    summerdannys Member

    Hi, I've had this in my collection for sometime, but have no means to obtain any details on this German Soldier. The grave marker has the name XAVER DEPENHART 15.11.25 - 5.7.44 . He died aged 18 in the west, so I'm thinking this could have been a soldier in Normandy maybe?
    Any help very appreciated.
     

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  2. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    From the rank on the cross he was a Gefrieter (Corporal)
     
  3. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Commune: Marigny
    Weitere Info: For more info: Arrondissement de Saint-Lô Arrondissement de Saint-Lô
    Ruhestätte: Resting place: Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof German Military Cemetery
    Straße: D341, Rue du Cimetière Allemand D341, Rue du Cimetière Allemand
    Death / Vermisstenort St. Soben-Comburg St. Sauces-Comburg
    Grave;-Block 1 row 1 grave 34
    Born;- Buchau
    Information supplied by WWW. WELTKRIEGSOPFER.DE


    Regards
    Kyle
     
  4. piaf

    piaf Member

    The cemetery is at la Chapelle Enjuger, I live near there
    Gill
     
  5. summerdannys

    summerdannys Member

    Thank you for your information, much appreciated.
     
  6. HA96

    HA96 Member

    Hi, I've had this in my collection for sometime, but have no means to obtain any details on this German Soldier. The grave marker has the name XAVER DEPENHART 15.11.25 - 5.7.44 . He died aged 18 in the west, so I'm thinking this could have been a soldier in Normandy maybe?
    Any help very appreciated.

    The name Depenhart is not a common German name. May be the maker of the grave marker mis-spelled the name. Xaver is German (typically from the south, Bavaria or Wuerttemberg. Buchau is a village close to my home town in Wuerttemberg, since 1963 called Bad Buchau (Bad = spa).
    It might be possible to search in local Bad Buchau archives for the name.

    Stefan.
     
  7. summerdannys

    summerdannys Member

    Thanks Stefan for that useful info. Depenhart may be an uncommon name but not to say it must be an impossibility?

    I have just been on Google earth and searched the area of his possible resting place and come across this sign in street view at La Chapelle-en-Juger, Lower Normandy. So up that narrow Normandy road must be the burial ground then Piaf? Thankyou


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  8. Uwe Sewing

    Uwe Sewing Member

    Hey,

    I am searching for more photos from German first grave marker like that.
    That is for a non commercial project, to clear soldier’s destiny.
    That project is also useful for German research institutions like:
    VDK Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge
    DRK Deutsches Rote Kreuz
    vksvg Verein zur Klärung von Schicksalen von Vermissten und Gefallener

    Regards Uwe

    These two photos are from my own family.
     

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  9. Dan Depenhart

    Dan Depenhart New Member

    Not sure if anyone is monitoring this string anymore. Found it via surfing the web. Depenhart is my surname. From what I know, it originated in Wittenberg, Germany. My original ancestor arrived in the USA in the mid 1800's and settled in Western Pennsylvania. As far as I know, anyone with my surname, I am related to them. This was a nice find for me as I did not know of any Depenhart's outside of the USA.
     
  10. amberdog45

    amberdog45 Senior Member

    Hi Dan, just a quick search of the German records at Ancestry returns very little, but there are 47 family trees.
     

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  11. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Well-Known Member

  12. Dan Depenhart

    Dan Depenhart New Member

    Thank you for sharing! Appreciate it greatly!
     
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  13. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Well-Known Member

    Hmmmm

    Looking at Ancestry database:
    All Germany, World War I Casualty Lists, 1914-1919 results for Depenhart

    There are 3 results for Depenhart and 2 of those are below:
    Xaver Depenhart date list number

    Xaver Depenhart date list number

    As I do not have worldwide membership I do not have access to the details of these records, and yes I realise they are WW1 records and he was apparently born 1925.

    TD
     
  14. amberdog45

    amberdog45 Senior Member

    Probably fallen foul of the transcribers at Ancestry TD. Can't be in WW1 born 1925, probably a relative. I hope ancestry do a worldwide freebee soon, I see there are records close to the spelling of Jeeteman I'm researching. They must have added new archives.
     
  15. hucks216

    hucks216 Member

    Information is from Volksbund but is just what has already been posted in Post #3:

    Nachname: Depenhart
    Vorname: Xaver
    Dienstgrad: Gefreiter
    Geburtsdatum: 15.11.1925
    Geburtsort: Buchau
    Todes-/Vermisstendatum: 05.07.1944
    Todes-/Vermisstenort: St. Soben-Comburg

    Xaver Depenhart ruht auf der Kriegsgräberstätte in Marigny.
    Endgrablage: Block 1 Reihe 1 Grab 34

    But as you now have his date of birth and birthplace try contacting the Deutsche Dienstelle asking for a copy of his service record and see if they comply. If they do you will know what unit he served in.
     
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