Theodore of Elpons

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Theodor Karl Gustav von Elpons (born January 27, 1847 in Sagan , † April 16, 1910 in Monaco ) was a Prussian lieutenant general .



He was the son of Gustav von Elpons and his wife Mathilde, née Hesse. His father was Herr auf Hennerwitz and ducal Saganscher chamber director. Elpons had married Ernestine Schneider on October 20, 1880 in Procyn .

Military career

After attending the Catholic elementary school and grammar school in his hometown, Elpons joined the 1st West Prussian Grenadier Regiment No. 6 of the Prussian Army on February 3, 1864 as a flag junior . There he was appointed Portepeefähnrich on October 11, 1864 and promoted to Second Lieutenant a year later . During the war against Austria in 1866, Elpons and his regiment took part in the battles near Nachod , Skalitz , Schweinschädel , Gradlitz and Königgrätz . As a company officer he was assigned to the NCO School in Potsdam on October 1, 1869 , and worked here for the duration of the war against France until October 30, 1871. Elpons then held the same position at the Ettlingen NCO School , became Prime Lieutenant on March 9, 1872, and returned to his regiment on October 1, 1872. First he was used here as an adjutant of the 1st Battalion and was then from April 20, 1874 to April 14, 1878 regimental adjutant. As a captain , he was in command of the 10th Division from April 21 to June 16, 1878 , and was promoted to company commander on January 14, 1879 . On July 21, 1889, he was transferred to the Colbergsche Grenadier Regiment (2nd Pomeranian) No. 9 while simultaneously being promoted to Major . From March 22, 1891 he served as commander of the 1st battalion for four years and was then transferred to the Emperor Franz Garde Grenadier Regiment No. 2 as a lieutenant colonel and regular staff officer .

On May 20, 1897, while being promoted to colonel, Elpons was given command of the Grenadier Regiment "Kronprinz Friedrich Wilhelm" (2nd Silesian) No. 11 in Breslau and from May 18, 1901, as major general, he was in command of the 78th Infantry Brigade in Brzeg . On January 18, 1903, Elpons was awarded the Order of the Red Eagle, 2nd Class with Oak Leaves, for his longstanding services . On 22 March 1903 he was awarded the character as a Lieutenant General with the statutory board for disposition made.


  • Friedrich von Rieben: History of the Royal Prussian Emperor Franz Garde Grenadier Regiment No. 2. Publisher Paul Parey. Berlin 1914. p. 297.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Military weekly paper . No. 6 of January 21, 1903. p. 131.