A First War Medal Pair & Documents to Hans Martens
A First War Medal Pair & Documents to Hans Martens - Iron Cross 2nd Class 1914 (silver, iron core, magnetic, unmarked, 44 mm); and Imperial: Hindenburg Cross for Combatants (iron with a bronze-coloured gilt, maker marked "PSL" in a circle (Paul Schulze & Co, Lübeck) on the reverse, 37.5 mm). Mounted to a suspension with swing bar pinback, as worn by the veteran, marked "D.R.G.M." (Deutsches Reichsgebrauchsmuster) on the reverse of the suspension, original ribbons, extremely fine. Accompanied by a 12.5 mm x 51 mm Ribbon Bar (bronze crossed swords on the Hindenburg Cross ribbon) and 12.5 mm x 26 mm Lapel Bow Ribbon (with bronze crossed swords), along with an Iron Cross 2nd Class Award Document (smaller size to fit inside a Soldbach, utilizing the reverse of a railway traffic routing form, dated November 1, 1918 per order of October 29th to Vizefeldwebel-Offizier-Aspirant Hans Martens of Feldbahn Betreibs Abteilung 22, ReKodeis Lin. 7, Armee Abteilung "C", signed by the Hautpmann commanding (Field Railways Traffic Office, Reserve Command of Railways on Line 7, Army Group "C" in France), handwritten in black ink with other stamps and inscriptions in faded blue ink, 104 mm x 164 mm, fold marks); and a Hindenburg Cross for Combatants Award Document (numbered "094926/35", dated October 16, 1935 at Hamburg, to Studienassessor (High School teacher) Hans Marten of Hamburg, printed in black ink on a white paper stock with handwritten inscriptions in black ink, 147 mm x 209 mm, fold marks). Footnote: Hans Martens was born on March 16, 1896, the son of Grossh. Hausm. John. Martens and Marie Grabe and was a only child. During the First World War, he served with the Field Railways Traffic Office, Reserve Command of Railways on Line 7, Army Group "C" in France. After the war, he was employed as a Studienassessor, which was a High School teacher who had passed two professional examinations and held the civil service equivalent of an army captain's rank.