A Prussian Golden Military Merit Medal to the Badsichen Infantrie
A very fine and extensive Prussian Golden Military Merit Cross (NCO’s Pour le Mérite) Group of awards and documents, awarded to Unteroffizier Wilhelm Lutz, vom 3. Badsichen Infantrie Regiment Nr. 111, who won the Golden Military Merit Cross on October 9, 1918:Golden Military Merit Cross, officially awarded cross, in silver gilt, bottom arm marked 938 W (Wagner), textbook example, with nice dark patina, in extremely fine condition, with original ribbon; Iron Cross First Class 1914, magnetic core and silvered frame, bottom of the cross marked “800”, vaulted, very nice quality and condition, in case of issue; medal bar group of three, mounted as originally worn, comprising: Iron Cross 2nd. Cl. 1914, magnetic; Baden, Silver Military Merit Medal, in silvered iron; Hindenburg Cross with Swords, magnetic; Wound Badge Black Grade, magnetic. Accompanied by the following documents: Wilhelm Lutz Documents and Awards: Iron Cross II. Class with Field Document, Iron Cross I. Class with hand written Document, Wound Badge in Black with Document, Veterans’ Cross with Document, Karl Friedrich Honour Medal with Document, Military Merit Medal, Form from Personnel Roster including Summary of Active Service, 1939 Mention in Newspaper Clipping Regarding the Fuhrer Honouring Meritorious First War Veterans, Document regarding Stipend for Merit Cross, Correspondence from Merit Cross Bearers Association 1959-1960, Document in Duplicate Regarding his Honorary Promotion to Leutnant of the Militia from August 27, 1939. All ranging between worn to fine condition. Footnote: Vice-Feldwebel Wilhelm Lutz, born January 23rd, 1892 in Sigmaringen in south west Germany to a Catholic Family. He was unmarried and living in Konstanz when the war began. He joined the 3rd Baden Infantry Regiment “Markgraf Ludwig Wilhelm Nr. 111.” On October 1, 1914, he earned the Karl Friedrich Medal after the Battle of Flirey. He won the Iron Cross Second Class on November 2, 1916 after the Battle of the Somme. The Iron Cross I. Class was awarded to him on April 22, 1918 for engagements in France. May 15, 1918 he received a Wound Badge in black after battle at the Avre and Mondidier-Noyon. October 30, 1918 he won the prestigious Prussian Military Merit Decoration in Silver. In 1934 he was awarded the Hindenburg Cross for Frontline Veterans, and in 1939, to commemorate 25 years since the beginning of the First War, he was made an Honorary Lieutenant of the Militia of Baden where he lived after the war. He received a form to this effect and was mentioned in a newspaper. After the war he remained in contact with his comrades who received the Merit Cross, and made donations to the association until 1960.