|Birth: ||Mar. 15, 1892|
|Death: ||Oct. 18, 1918, France|
Paul Knoblauch, an American soldier who died on the battlefields of World War I.
Paul, a German-speaking American, died fighting for the United States less than 150 miles from the birthplace of his parents.
Paul was born and raised in a small Kansas farming community west of Wichita. His parents settled in the area with other German Catholics families who wished to farm and raise livestock.
Although born almost twenty years after his parents emigrated to Kansas, Paul nevertheless was raised in a German-speaking community.
Paul joined the armed forces in late 1917 and went to Europe with the 7th Infantry Regiment of the Army's Third Division.
The Third participated in three major operations, including the Marne, where it stopped the final German offensive, and the Meuse-Argonne, the American forces' largest operation. Paul died on a battlefield northwest of Verdun on either Oct. 15 or 28, 1918 (records differ on the date). The armistice ending the conflict took effect on Nov. 11, less than one month after his death.
Roughly translated, his memorial card reads:
In Memory of
Corporal Paul C. Knoblauch
Born 15 March 1892, wedded with Miss Margaret Tenbarge in August 1917.
Drafted into the Army where he loyally did his Duty and died a Hero's death for his Country on 28
October 1918 and was laid to Rest at the Soldier's cemetery in Clery, Grand Meuse, in France.
In deep grief are his young Widow and his Child, his Parents, Brother and Sisters.
The memorial card almost certainly dates from 1919.
As with many other soldiers' spouses, Paul's widow, Margaret, did not receive official notice of his death until many months after the armistice. Although originally buried in a French cemetery, Paul's remains were moved to Kansas after the war when the U.S. government offered to repatriate fallen soldiers at its own expense. Today, Margaret lies between Paul and his brother Peter, whom she married after the war, in a cemetery near their farm.
John Knoblauch (1855 - 1941)
Elizabeth Knoblauch (1863 - 1937)
Margaret Maria Tenbarge Knoblauch (1896 - 1998)*
Paul Charles Knoblauch (1892 - 1918)
Peter Joseph Knoblauch (1896 - 1980)*
Saint Rose Cemetery
Created by: Vikki Smothers McInnis
Record added: Mar 31, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18696872