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Major Rev. Wilhelm Georg Bach

Major Rev. Wilhelm Georg Bach

Male 1892 - 1942  (50 years)

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  • Name Wilhelm Georg Bach 
    Prefix Major Rev. 
    Born 5 Nov 1892  Oberöwisheim, , Baden-Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Military WW1 - He was a veteran of the First World War and a British POW. 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-165048 
    Died 22 Dec 1942 
    Buried Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I165048  Generations
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2019 

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Nov 1892 - Oberöwisheim, , Baden-Württemberg, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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    Major Wilhelm Georg Bach
    Major Wilhelm Georg Bach
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  • Notes 
    • Wilhelm Bach was born in Oberwoesheim, Bavaria. He was a veteran of the First World War and a British POW. After the war, he married, raised a family, and became a Lutheran minister in Mannheim. Before the Second World War, he was called up to the military. He served in Africa, where he was promoted to Major and was awarded the Knight's Cross. He courageously defended the Halfaya Pass (named "Hellfire Pass" by the Allies) until supply lines were cut and he surrendered on Jan. 17, 1942. As a POW, he was brought to Canada where he died of cancer later that year. He was very well-liked by his men, who carved a wooden marker for his grave which stands in the corner of the cemetery, separate from his burial plot.

      Source: Rommel's Desert Commanders, by Samuel W. Mitcham Jr., Greenwood Publishing Group Inc., 2007.