Moriz Freiherr von Lyncker
(30.01.1853 - 20.01.1932)
place of birth: Berlin-Spandau
Preußen: Chef des Militärkabinetts, Generaladjutant
General to Kaiser Wilhelm II, General von Lyncker also served as the
Kaiser's Military Cabinet Chief
throughout the Great War. Moriz was born into a family of military
officers; his father was Arthur von Lyncker (1814-1895), and his mother
was Emma Siecke (1829-1916). He was the eldest of three sons, all of
whom served in the Prussian Army. In 1889, Major von Lyncker married
Anna Marie von der Horst and became an extremely dedicated and loving
family man. Along with their three daughters, he and his wife also had
three boys. Their son Niklas was killed early on in the war, while Bodo
became a pilot and was killed in action in
February 1917 over the skies of Macedonia.
Soon after joining the
military service, 17-year old Moriz was sent to France to fight in the Franco-German War of 1870-71.
He was seriously wounded at St Privat on 18 August 1870.
Althrough, he received the Iron Cross for bravery, he had to be on
immediate convalescent leave for the remained of the war. It was while
recuperating in St Goddard, Switzerland, that von Lyncker first met
future Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg. Returning to Prussia, von
Lyncker steadily progressed in his military career over the subsequent
years. He served as both a company and battalion commander within the
Guards, and gained valuable experience working for various general
staffs. A very important third element was added to his CV when from
1887 to 1889 he entered into the service of His Majesty's Royal Court as
an aide-de-campe to Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm (later, Kaiser
Friedrich III). He was again called into court service from 1895 to 1898
to function as Military Governor to Kaiser Wilhelm II's two sons: Crown
Prince Friedrich Wilhelm and Eitel Friedrich.
General von Lyncker continued with
his career progression as was tasked with the command of a Guards
regiment and brigade, and was subsequently transferred to Hannover in
order to head up the 19th Infantry Division. Following the sudden death
of General von Hülsen-Haeseler in November 1908,
von Lyncker returned to Berlin to serve the remainder of his career as
the Kaiser's 'Vortragender'
Adjutant General, responsible for personnel issues within the Prussian
Army. Parallel to this, he also functioned as the Chief of the Kaiser's
Military Cabinet. He remained a stalwart aide to Kaiser Wilhelm during
the Great War, but faded toward the end of the Kaiser's reign as the
death's of his wife and two sons proved more than the dedicated family
man could bear. General von Lyncker was awarded the Pour le Merite medal
in November 1917 and was ultimately promoted to the rank of colonel general in
April 1918. He died on 20 January 1932 in Demnitz.