German Genealogy, Military Service, Uncategorized

Christoph Gossman the German Soldier.

My next memorial post will be about Christoph Lorenz Gossman the German Solider. Christoph is my great-grand uncle, he was my great grandmother Erna Lena Gossmann’s brother, Christoph was born on 19 April 1906 in Kassel Germany to Wilhelm Gossman and Anna Elizabeth Brand. Christoph was the fifteenth child born to Wilhelm and Anna. You can read more about the Gossman family here: https://ellajaneanne.com/2019/08/19/wilhelm-gossmann-and-anna-elizabeth-brand-and-their-16-children/

Chrisoph Lorenz Gossmann Baptism Record.
State Church Archive Kassel, Kurhessen Waldeck, Kassel City, Wehlheiden, Batptisms 1899-1908, Christoph Lorenz
Gossmann, image 277, Archion (www.archion.de, accessed 3
August 2022)
Christoph Gossmann Confirmations.
State Church Archive Kassel, Kurhessen Waldeck, Kassel City, Wehlheiden, Confirmations 1919-1931, Christoph
Gossmann, image 587, Archion (www.archion.de, accessed 3
August 2022)

Christoph married Elisa Luise Jahn. Their civil marriage date was 25 November 1933 and a church wedding was on 27 November 1933. Elisa was born 8 February 1914 in Wehlheiden, Kassel, Hesse, Germany.

Christoph Lorenz Gossmann Marriage.
State Church Archive Kassel, Kurhessen Waldeck, Kassel City, Wehlheiden, Weddings 1926-1934, Christoph Lorenz
Gossmann, image 360, Archion (www.archion.de, accessed 3
August 2022)

No children were located for Christoph and Elisa due to the privacy laws in Germany birth records are not public until 110 years after their birth. The next record I have for Christoph is a Germany Military Killed in Action record.

Just 9 years after his marriage Christoph at age 36 was killed in action in Toysa Ateri, Finland on 5 August 1942. He was a construction soldier for the 4th Company of Construction Battalion 409. According to his killed in action record, Chrisoph died in a railroad accident.

Christoph Gossmann
Killed in Action Record. Germany, Military Killed in Action, 1939-1948, image 1584, Christoph Gossmann, database online, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com, accessed 3 August 2022)

Christoph Gossmann
Killed in Action Record. Germany, Military Killed in Action, 1939-1948, image 1589-1590, Christoph Gossmann, database online, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com, accessed 3 August 2022)

The back of the second page records Chirstoph’s next of kin as Martha Gossmann who lived at Rudolstadt, Katarinastrasse 29. We know from the marriage record that Martha was not his wife and is likely his sister Martha Gossmann.

Christoph Gossmann’s Gravestone in Finland.
Find A Grave, database with images,(www.findagrave.com, accessed 3 August 2022) memorial 63564973, Christoph Gossmann (1906-1942) Honkanumi German Military Cemetery, Helsinki, Helsinki Municipality, Uusimaa, Finland, gravestone photograph by D.Snyder

Christoph shares a gravestone with Richarch Hocke. I am not sure if they are buried here or if this is just a memorial stone. I know very little else about Christoph’s military service in Germany. I have ordered his military record from the Federal Military Archives in Berlin but have not received them yet.

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