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Karl Friedrich Wilhelm Lux (1878-1918)

German prisoner of war died at Stanhope

Karl Lux died at Stanhope Prisoner of War (POW) camp on 23 April 1918. He had been admitted to the camp hospital almost a month before, on 27 March, suffering from pleurisy and pneumonia. According to the records of the International Red Cross, Karl died of cardiac failure following bronchopneumonia.

Karl Wilhelm Lux appears to have served with the Third Reserve Infantry Battalion, Second Company of the German Army. He first appeared in the German Verlustliste (Casualty lists) on 17 August 1916. It was confirmed on 23 August that he was wounded and missing (schwer verwundet and vermisst). According to the International Red Cross, he had been admitted to Lower Southern Hospital, Dartford, Kent on 11 July 1916. Here he was treated for “Grenade wounds; right thigh, knee and leg – no severe”. He was discharged from hospital and transferred to Handforth POW Camp on 24 August 1916. Handforth was the parent camp of Stanhope Camp, where Karl Lux died.

Karl Lux was originally buried at Stanhope Cemetery but was later re-interred at Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery.

International Red Cross, POW archive:

Dartford Hospitals, history website:

Civil Parish: Stanhope Urban

Birth date: 1878

Death date: 23-Apr-1918

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: Zuelzendorf, Nimptsch, Schleisen, Gemany (now Niemcza, Poland)
6 Kieselgasse, Zurich, Switzerland (ICRC archive)

Family: Wife: Theresia Lux

Military service:

Reserve Infantry Battalion III, 2 Company, Number 393

Memorial(s): Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery (CWGC)

Gender: Male

Contributed by John B | Durham County Record Office

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