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Albert Mayer
First Imperial German soldier to die in World War I

Albert Mayer

Albert Mayer
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Intro First Imperial German soldier to die in World War I
A.K.A. Camille Mayer
Was Military personnel
From Germany
Field Military
Gender male
Birth 24 April 1892, Magdeburg, Germany
Death 2 August 1914, Joncherey, France (aged 22 years)
Star sign Taurus
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Albert Mayer (24 April 1892 – 2 August 1914) was the first German soldier to die in World War I. He died one day before the German Empire formally declared war on France.

Early life

Albert Otto Walter Mayer was born on 24 April 1892, at Magdeburg, in Saxony-Anhalt. His family had moved to the area of Mulhouse, Alsace when he was a boy. He enlisted into the Imperial German Army in 1912. In August 1914 he was a Leutnant in his local cavalry unit - the Jäger Regt-zu-Pferd Nr 5, which was part of the 29th Cavalry Brigade of the 29th Infantry Division, garrisoned in Mulhouse.


During the morning of 2 August 1914 a cavalry patrol led by Leutnant Mayer crossed into France before war had been officially declared. Upon entering French territory it was confronted by a French Army sentry, whom Mayer attacked and wounded with his sabre. Around 9.30 A.M. the German patrol entered the village of Joncherey. French soldiers billeted nearby were notified and deployed to confront the German intruders. At 10 A.M. Corporal Jules-André Peugeot, leading the French troops saw the German force and shouted a command to stop as they were under arrest, to which Mayer pulled out his pistol and shot at Peugeot, mortally wounding him in the shoulder. Peugeot, in turn, fired his weapon at Mayer but missed. Other soldiers of Peugeot's detachment then opened fire at the Germans, hitting Mayer in the stomach and head, killing him, with the remainder of the German patrol riding away from the scene. Mayer's body was buried in Joncherey the next day. The body was later removed to the German military cemetery at Illfurth near Mulhouse, where his gravestone is marked with the inscription ‘1st German Casualty of the World War 1914-18'. His helmet was retrieved by the French authorities, and today is on display at the Musée de l'Armée in Paris.

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