Veterans Memorial in Ferschweiler, Germany

DSC_0025 Ferschweiler edited tinyIn October, during Family History Month, my husband and I visited several German towns in the Eifel (Rheinland-Pfalz) where my maternal grandfather’s family came from.

On the façade of the steeple of the St. Luzia Catholic Church in Ferschweiler is a plaque commemorating the individuals from the town who were missing or died during World War I (1914-1918) and World War II (1939-1945).

Den Gefallenen der Gemeinde Ferschweiler
The fallen of the municipality Ferschweiler


plaque11914 – 1918
Hastert Nikolaus
Jakobs Peter
Schmitt Christian
Ludwig Johann Peter
Reles Jos. Peter
Lardy Nikolaus
Schmitt Joh. Peter
Schuckart Ignatz
Budler Peter
Hary Peter
Schramen Johann
Frisch Heinr. Albert
Schmitz Peter
Widung Schmitt Johann
Bohr Nikolaus
Heck Jakob
Widung Preisen Johann
Schmitt Fisher Christian
Bechel Johann
Meyer Heinrich
Roos Wilhelm
Plein Dominik
Ries Adam
Oberbillig Peter
Heck Nikolaus

plaque2Vermisste (Missing)
Johanns Anton
Dauwen Johann
Kneweler Nikolaus
Schramen Jakob
Hary Nikolaus
Barg Michel

plaque31939 – 1945
Steichen Konrad
Welter Nikolaus
Gontgen Matthias
Welter Albert
Weins Kurt
Faber Oskar
Lardy Willi
Lardy Pet. Christian
Schmitt Michel
Lardy Johann
Gorges Franz
Hastert Johann
Funk Alfons
Mossal Heinrich
Reuter Alfred
Kneweler Pet. Leo
Ewerhart Ferdinand
Schmitt Vinzens
Welter Ernst
Kaufmann Rudolf
Schuckart Emil
Ahles Theodore
Schilz Jakob
Lardy Rudolf
Rossler Nikolaus
Ewen Ludwig

plaque4Reuter Aloys
Schmitt Otto
Noll Willi
Schmitt Felix
Reuter Peter
Thome Johann
Schuckart Heinrich
Schmitt Peter
Schuhmacher Matthias
Zender Christof
Schommers Franz
Tossing Peter
Schöder Peter
Thies Johann
Urbany Theophil
Hau Nikolaus
Schreiner Nikolaus
Bechel Peter
Schmitz Karl
Horn Christian
Schmitt Willi
Steichen Karl
Reuter Christof
Bechel Theodor
Funk Reinhard
Rossler Gustav
Schilz Johann
Wagner Paul


Vermisste (Missing)
Welter Christof
Schmitt Theodor
Molitor Albert
Steffes Johann
Heck Peter
Reuter Reinhard
Wagner Nikolaus
Tossing Emil

Zivilgefallene (civilians)
Leiberts Matthias
Ries Eduard
Heck Matthias
Reles Maria
Frisch Paula
Frisch Josef
Frisch Heinrich
Fischer Katharina
Lenz Josef
Schmitt Bernhard
Duplang Josef

The Honor Roll Project

This post was written in response to Heather Wilkinson Rojo’s post
Would You like to contribute to the Honor Roll Project for Veteran’s Day, 2015?
on her blog Nutfield Genealogy. On her newly created website

The Honor Roll Project, Heather invites everyone to

Just find a military honor roll in your hometown park, or in front of a civil building, or inside on a plaque – Anywhere! Photograph it, transcribe the names and post it to your blog.

Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

When I’m not doing genealogy and blogging, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful Luxembourg countryside.

10 thoughts on “Veterans Memorial in Ferschweiler, Germany”

  1. Cathy,

    This post is of great interest to me. On my mother’s side of the family, her grandfather, Christian Heckmann, came from Bubenheim, a small village near Ottersheim. In 1994, John and I were in Europe and made a special trip to Bubenheim. Unfortunately, we chose the wrong day to visit, and everything was closed, even the church in Ottersheim was locked. My great-great grandparents were married there. I was so disappointed!

    I had been told that the people in the little villages didn’t speak English, but I did manage to speak to a young woman who happened to be outside on the street in Ottersheim. She directed us to a cemetery in Ottersheim, but there were no family members buried there (Heckmann or Bohn). I had the impression that the cemetery was not very old. I never found out if there was a cemetery for Bubenheim.

    If you ever are in that vicinity and have any time, I would be happy to pay you for any photos or information you could send. Let me know, and I’ll send you the information (births, deaths, etc.) that I have.

    You are an excellent writer, and I hope to see your work published some day!

    Best regards, Paula

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    1. Thank you Paula. Most of the cemeteries in Germany are new because they re-use the plots after a certain number of years. I’ll make a note of your towns if we are in the area. Thank you so much for the compliment!


  2. Hello Paula, I wanted to say thank you for posting pictures from St Lucia Church in Ferschweiler. My genealogy search led me to St. Lucia. My gggrandfather emigrated from Ferschweiler with his siblings in 1852 to Wisconsin USA. I never thought the church would still be there much less still standing, it was really neat to see it. The surname that I’m researching is Dauven, although when coming to America it was changed to Daufen. I see on the plaque one of the names is Johan Dauwen, most likely a Dauven at some time.
    I just wanted to say thank you and have a happy new year 🙂

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    1. Hello Sharon, thank you for stopping by. So nice to hear you have a connection to Ferschweiler and could see the church in my photos. Would you gggrandfather and his siblings have been the children of Michael Dauven and Maria Ries? Happy New Year.
      Best wishes,


  3. Meine Familie kommt auch aus Ferschweiler! Meine Urgroßmutter ( Gerdrud Roeder geb. Schuckard verheiratet mit Peter Roeder) nannte ihren Sohn Ignaz nach ihrem gefallenen Bruder den sie sehr geliebt hat , es hat mich sehr berührt dies zu lesen…

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    1. Christian Ignatius SCHUCKART geb. 15.05.1891 gefallen im 1. Weltkrieg 28.02.1916 Verdun.
      Quelle: Richard Schaffner, compiler, Familienbuch der Pfarrei Sancta Lucia Ferschweiler mit: Diesburgerhof (ab 1803) und L(a)eisenhof (ab1830) 1680-1899, PDF (Kordel, 1999), S. 299, Familie #1399 Anton SCHUCKART & Karolina SCHENKELBERG.

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  4. Ja schön zu sehen wie es sich über Generationen weitergibt 🙂 !Habe einige Unterlagen meiner Großmutter gefunden und kann daher weit zurück sehen in Ferschweiler! LG aus Kirn

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