Ulan Johann Neller was recruited into the replacement squadron of Königlich bayerisches 1. Ulanen-Regiment in August 1915 and joined the active regiment, part of the bayerische Kavallerie-Division, on the Eastern Front in December 1915. He saw action between Krewo, Smorgon, Lake Narotsch and Tweretsch, on the Stochod, Upper Styr-Stochod and at the capture of the Tobolz bridgehead. Following the ceasefire, he was involved in fighting to support the Ukraine and the occupation of the Ukraine and the Crimea. He withdrew through the Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland in early 1919. Promoted to Gefreiter on returning to Germany in February 1919. Awarded the EK II and bayerisches Militär-Verdienst-Kreuz 3. Klasse mit Schwertern.
Kriegsfreiwilliger Richard Werner volunteered when the war broke out in August 1914 and served with 5. Eskadron Dragoner-Regiment König Friedrich III (2. Schlesisches) No. 8 from November as part of 11. Kavallerie-Brigade, 5. Kavallerie-Division on the Eastern Front. Following the ceasefire in the east, he was transferred to the infantry replacement centre at Beverloo in Belgium in November 1917. From December 1917 he served with 1. Kompagnie Infanterie-Regiment 49 as part of 8. Infanterie-Brigade, 4. Infanterie-Division in Flanders and during the 1918 Spring offensive until he was wounded by an artillery round in Fleurbaix in September 1918. Following the armistice, he served with 1. M.G. Kompagnie Infanterie-Regiment von Winterfeldt (2. Oberschlesisches) No. 23 on the Silesian border from February to May 1919. Awarded the EK II.
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