Willy Klaussner

July 25, 2015

In 2009 the ComingWorldRememberMe brought up the idea to make 600.000 small statues representing 600.000 persons. With this initiative they want to commemorate all World War 1 victims that fell on Belgian soil by creating a symbol for every victim. From 2014 everyone was able to participate in this project by requesting to be godfather/-mother or attend a workshop in one of many locations in Belgium where you could build your own statue. On July 25, 2015 I went to a workshop in Bokrijk where I created my own statue. The statue I made was linked to the German soldier Willy Klaussner, my very first German adoption grave.

Before the war

Willy Klaussner was born August 1 1894 in Kemtau, near Chemnitz. His parents were Otto Julius and Line Weis. He had seven brothers and sisters.

Research still going on.

In the army

Willy Klaussner was a Schütze (rifleman or shooter) in the 9th Company of the I. Bataillon, 106. Infanterie-Regiment (1. Maschinengewehr-Kompagnie) of the German army. According to relatives, he was wounded 4 times.

Research still going on.

Death of Willy Klaussner

Willy Klaussner died on 7 April 1918 in Belgium.

Willy is buried at the German Soldatenfriedhof in Vladslo, Belgium. He rests in Block 5, grave 1902.

Soldatenfriedhof Vladslo, Belgium

106. Infanterie-Regiment, 1. Maschinengewehr-Kompagnie

106. Infanterie-Regiment

Shoulder strap Schütze

Collar strap Schütze

I am still looking for information about this unit. If you can help me find any information, please send an e-mail to nicklieten at hotmail.com.


In March 2020 I first had contact with a very distant relative, Uwe Uhlmann.

Personal information

Schütze, Deutsches Kaiserliches Heer
Service #
I. Bataillon 106. Infanterie-Regiment (1. Maschinengewehr-Kompagnie), 9th Company
Enlisted: ?

Born: August 1, 1894 in Kemtau, Germany
Hometown: ?

Died: April 7, 1918 in Belgium
Status: ?

Buried: Block 5, Grabe 1902, Soldatenfriedhof Vladslo, Vladslo, Belgium
Awards: /

Father: Otto Julius Klaussner
Mother: Line Weiss
Brothers: ?
Sisters: ?

More information

More pictures


Duitse begraafplaats Vladslo



Grabsteine genealogy
Uwe Uhlmann

Any information you can provide me about this soldier, can be mailed to me (nicklieten at hotmail.com). Thank you!