Hugo Ewald Graf von Kirchbach
(23.05.1809 - 06.10.1887)
place of birth:  Neumarkt, Schlesien  (Sroda Slaska, Poland)
Königreich Preußen:  KG,  General der Infanterie

                          


Prussian general officer Hugo von Kirchbach
was born in Silesia as the son of a Prussian officer who was later killed in action in France. Hugo entered military service as a cadet in 1824 and two years later joined up with the 26th Infantry Regiment at Magdeburg. He served at the Great General Staff in Berlin, as Third Army Corps chief of staff, and was then appointed commander of the 36th Infantry Regiment in 1859. 

During the Danish War of 1864, Generalmajor von Kirchbach commanded the mobile 21st Infantry Brigade. As a divisional commander during the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, von Kirchbach was awarded the Pour le Merite for his actions during battles at Nachod, Skalitz, and Schweinschädel. Von Kirchbach was in command of V. Army Corps troops during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71. General von Kirchbach passed away at his estate in Oberlausitz in 1887. His son Günther later served as a Prussian field army commander during World War One.

     

General der Infanterie .. 10.08.1870

Eisernes Kreuz II ........... Deutsch-Französischer Krieg  1870–1871

Pour le Mérite ................. 20.09.1866  (Eichenlaub:  18.02.1871)