Hermann von Kettler

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Hermann Ludwig Karl von Kettler (born September 6, 1832 in Vlotho , † February 22, 1916 in Bonn ) was a Prussian lieutenant general .



He was the son of Karl Friedrich Ludwig von Kettler (1802-1836) and his wife Margarete Florentine Wilhelmine, née Zur Heiden († 1839).

Military career

Kettler first visited the cadet houses in Bensberg and Berlin . Subsequently, on April 27, 1850, he was transferred to the 13th Infantry Regiment of the Prussian Army as characterized portepeef ensign. It was here that Kettler advanced to secondary lieutenant on March 16, 1852, and from October 1855 to September 1858 he attended the General War School . From December 1, 1858, he acted as an adjutant of the 1st Battalion, became Premier Lieutenant on July 10, 1859, and as such on August 15, 1859, Regimental Adjutant. In the same capacity, Kettler joined the 5th Westphalian Infantry Regiment (No. 53) in July 1860 , which was formed from parts of his previous association . On August 28, 1862 he was transferred to the 6th Rhenish Infantry Regiment No. 68 , in which Kettler was promoted to captain on November 21, 1862 and was appointed company commander. As such, he took part in the battles at Münchengrätz and Königgrätz in 1866 during the war against Austria . For his achievements he received the Order of the Red Eagle, IV class with swords.

After the peace agreement , Kettler was transferred to Infantry Regiment No. 87 in Mainz on October 30, 1866 and in mid-April 1868 he was assigned to the Infantry Training Battalion in Potsdam for five months . At the beginning of the war against France he fought near Weißenburg and was seriously wounded in the subsequent battle near Wörth . Promoted to major on September 6, 1870 , after his recovery he returned to his regiment outside Paris and took over the fusilier battalion. Awarded both classes of the Iron Cross , Kettler was appointed commander of the 2nd Battalion on February 6, 1873, and promoted to lieutenant colonel on March 22, 1876 . In position à la suite of his regiment, he was appointed director of the military shooting school on March 13, 1879. After his promotion to colonel , he worked from January 13, 1883 to February 16, 1885 as commander of the 8th Brandenburg Infantry Regiment No. 64 (Prince Friedrich Carl of Prussia) in Prenzlau . This was followed by his command to Württemberg , where he was given command of the 52nd Infantry Brigade (2nd Royal Württembergische) in Ludwigsburg and was promoted to major general on February 3, 1885 . Under awarded the Red Eagle on rings are presented II. Class with Oak Leaves and Swords Kettler September 3, 1887, the statutory pension for disposition .

On the occasion of the centenary of his regular regiment, Wilhelm II gave him the character of Lieutenant General on June 16, 1913.


Kettler married Julie von Obstfelder (1837–1863) on May 28, 1863 in Berlin. She was the daughter of the real secret finance councilor Heinrich von Obstfelder. After the death of his first wife, he married on October 9, 1873 in Haus Volmering Charlotte Hermine von Basse (* 1843), daughter of the landowner and bailiff Adolf von Basse (1809-1860).


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Marcelli Janecki : Handbook of the Prussian nobility. First volume, ES Mittler & Sohn , Berlin 1892, p. 50.