Wilhelm Martin von Goßler
(29.09.1841 - 10.01.1927)
place of birth: Weißenfels, Provinz Sachsen
General der Infanterie
Heinrich von Goßler
was a general officer who served as Prussian Minister of War
from 1896 to 1903. He began his military service in 1860 as a
lieutenant in an infantry regiment and then participated in the Austo-Prussian War of
1866 (Deutscher Krieg). He later distinguished
himself as a company commander during the Franco-Prussian War of
1870-71 (Deutsch- Französischer Krieg).
In peace time, Goßler worked
in the War Ministry and then up through the ranks until returning to
the Ministry to head up the General War Department. Later, as commander
of 25th Infantry Division, Generalleutnant von Goßler was selected to
succeed Walther Bronsart von Schellendorff as Prussian War Minister. He
served simultaneously as Prussian military plenipotentiary in the Bundesrat.
He retired from active duty in 1903 at the rank of General der
Infanterie. Heinrich von Goßler's siblings included: Gustav (1838-1902)
who was the President of the province of West Prussia, Konrad
(1848-1933) a general serving as a corps commander during the Great
War, and Wilhelm (1850-1928) a Prussian general. General Goßler passed
away in 1927 in Berlin.