Georg von Trapp's Medals
Posted by: Stirrick
Date: April 07, 2018 12:54AM
I recently read Georg von Trapp's autobiography, 'To the Last Salute', and tried to find out more about him. I've found various medal/award lists for him (not always agreeing with each other) but little in the way of award dates.
I therefore tried to identify the medals shown in photographs of v.Trapp, but have found a few 'unknowns'. Can anybody help ?
I don't think I can upload photos to the forum, but you can google them easily enough.
Photo 1 was taken about the time of v.Trapp's first wedding in January,1911. He is wearing 6 medals, of which I think I can identify 4:
Military Merit Medal
1898 Jubilee Medal
1908 Jubilee Cross
Russian Order of St Stanislaus
Photo 2 was presumably taken in 1916; around the time that U-14 was undergoing an extensive refit. It shows 5 medals and a button-ribbon for the German Iron Cross 2nd class. I think I can identify 4 of the medals:
Knight's Cross of the Order of Leopold
Military Merit Cross, 3rd class
Military Merit Medal, 3rd class
Bravery Medal in Silver, 1st Class
Von Trapp was later awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Maria Theresa (1924), the Order of the Iron Crown 3rd Class, Silver Bravery Medal, Karl Troop Cross, Austro-Hungarian War Medal 1914–1918, Long Service Cross (18 years), and the German Iron Cross 1st class.
Can anybody help with the identifications, award dates ?