Ernst Karl Friedrich von Unger
(05.06.1831 - 10.10.1921)
place of birth:  Groß-Stöckheim
Königreich Preußen:  KG,  General-Lieutenant  (Cav)


Ernst von Unger was a Royal Prussian
cavalry officer who saw action in three wars. He was the youngest of six children born on the estate of his father Friedrich von Unger and mother Henriette Schrader. Ernst later married Agnes von Lauingen, and on of their sons, Kurt, also served in the Prussian Army as a General der Kavallerie.

Upon entering military service in 1849 with the Guard Hussar Regiment in Potsdam, von Unger went into the Danish War in 1864 as a Rittmeister serving on the 6th Infantry Division staff. Von Unger then was engaged in the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 as a staff officer at Prince Friedrich Karl Nikolas von Preußen's First Army Headquarters. On the day prior to the Battle of Königgrätz, Major von Unger made a daring ride to delivery crucial war plans and orders, and was subsequently recognized with the Pour le Merite honor. The Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 saw Oberst von Unger functioning as General von Zastrow's VII. Army Corps Chief of Staff. He became so ill in November 1870, however, that he was reluctantly sent back home for convalescence. Once again healthy, von Unger's military career had him ultimately commanding 22nd Infantry Division in Kassel in 1881. Poor health forced him to retire from active duty in 1887, upon which he was awarded the brevet rank of General der Kavallerie. In 1916, Kaiser Wilhelm II recognized General von Unger's service with the Golden Crown added to his Blue Max medal. Von Unger lived with his daughter near Fürstenwalde until he passed away in 1921 at the age of 90.


General-Lieutenant  30.03.1881

Eisernes Kreuz II  Deutsch-Französischer Krieg  1870–1871

Pour le Mérite  17.09.1866