Dr. Hugo Wegele

Co. 58

Dr. hugo wegele

A soldier in World War one


Hugo was born in 25th November 1886 in Bockenheim in Frankfurt am Main. His father, Hans Wegele, was a master-builder for the king, and worked on the central railway station in Frankfurt. His mother was Agnes Wegele, born Schiller. Hugo Wegele attended the Primary School in Homburg from spring 1894 to spring 1896. From spring 1896 to spring 1897 he went to the König Wilhelms Gymnasium in Stettin. Later (from spring 1897 to Michaelmas day 1899) he went to a private school in Templin. He changed his school again, and from Michaelmas day 1899 to Michaelmas day 1900 he enrolled at the gymnasium in Ostrowo. Afterwards from spring 1900 he had to change to a cadet school because his father resigned from the railway organization. He soon left the cadet school, due to his short-sightedness.

Hugo Wegele studied Science at the University of Darmstadt from spring to fall 1907. He went to Grenoble (France) to study geology and to learn French. Together with his professor he wrote a pamphlet named “Notice sur la Constitution Geologique de Saint-Laurent-du-Pont (IsŠre)” in 1910. He continued studying geology in Göttingen and he graduated on 5th March in the subjects: Geology, Mineralogy and Zoology. A “geological and paleontological essay” was written by Hugo. Later he started to study science again. He liked to draw, and he was interested in the “Wandervogelbewegung”, even as a child.

Hugo voluntarily went to war in 1914. He didn’t have to, because he was short-sighted. He joined the Res. Inf. Rgt. 234 in Göttingen and trained in Ohrdruf. He fought in Flandern and died right after he was promoted to lance corporal, on November 1st. Hugo was killed by a grenade.

Sometimes a letter or an army post card is well preserved. Dr Hugo Wegele wrote an army post card to his father in October 1914, to tell him that they won the first battle.

Herrn Geh. H. Wegele
Hochstrasse 68
Abs. Dr. Wegele Res. Inf. Reg. 294
9. Comp.

Roulers (Rousselaere) 20.X.1914

Dear father,

We won the first combat yesterday and retained a city from the French. However our regiment wasn´t really fighting. The peaceful times are over. Everywhere are buildings on fire and heaps of rubble. Unfortunately, the Francitreurs must take more brunt than would be necessary, because our soldiers are so upset.


Letter from his parents

Darmstadt, 2.11.1914

Dear son,

We’re happy to hear that you won the battle. We hope that there were no problems with your short-sightedness. Sadly, we have to mourn because a son of our friends has died and he’s not the only one who has been killed. We'll let you know when your friends are affected.

Today our mayor told us that young people shouldn’t go to war unless they have to, but we’re proud that you’re so patriotic and hope you’ll be back before Christmas. Also we’ve heard alarming news that Russia has prepared their army for war, right after the Osmania Empire destroyed a Russian port. If it goes on like this, the war won’t end soon.

Hoping that you’re alright, your mother and I think of you.
Yours sincerely


About myself

I'm Kim, a 16 years old pupil and I'm visiting the eleventh grade at the Liebigschule in Frankfurt, Germany.
My main classes are Biology and History.

About the Project

Even though I wasn't in Belgium I really like this project. It's so interesting to search for information and tell the story of a person who is long forgotten. I think it's sad that in Germany we don't remember the soldiers of World War 1 as much as the soldiers of World War 2.

I feel for the families as I wrote the letter to the soldier. It had to be terrible to know that your child could be dead. The project also reminded me that many young men died just right after the war started. The story really touched me emotionally even though I wasn't at the graveyards.