Christian Ewald Leopold von Kleist
(25.03.1824 - 29.12.1910)
place of birth:  Stolp, Hinterpommern  (Slupsk, PO)
Königreich Preußen:  KG,  General der Infanterie

                          

General Ewald von Kleist served the Imperial German Army as commander of the I. Army Corps from 1885 to 1887. His military career prior to that had him serving in the Danish War of 1864 as an adjutant at Supreme Headquarters of the allied forces in Schleswig-Holstein. He was subsequently engaged in the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, this time as a battalion commander, seeing action at Soor, Königinhof, and Königgrätz. For his valor and military leadership in those battles, von Kleist was honored with the Pour le Merite medal.

After the war, von Kleist was promoted through the ranks and received his colonelcy in 1869 when he was selected to command Grenadier-Regiment Nr. 89.  Oberst von Kleist led these troops during the
Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71, where they saw action in most of the major battles, including Toul, Le Mans, and the siege of Metz. Upon cease of hostilities, von Kleist commanded a brigade, then a guards division, and ultimately was selected to succeed General Walther von Gottberg as commander of I. Army Corps in Königsberg. He retired from active duty in 1889 and then passed away in Potsdam at the close of 1910. General von Kleist's son Friedrich served as a division commander during the Great War.

     

General der Infanterie ... 18.09.1886

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

Pour le Mérite ................... 17.09.1866