Adolf Kehrer

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Adolf Kehrer (* 25 September 1811 in Erbach (Odenwald); † 29 August 1886 in Darmstadt) was a Prussian major general.



Adolf Kehrer was a son of the court counsellor Ludwig Kehrer († 1842) and Florentine, née Klump († 1819).

Military career

Adolf graduated from the Gymnasium in Worms and joined the 3rd Infantry Regiment of the Grand Ducal Hessian Army as a volunteer in 1828. He advanced to cadet corporal in 1831, to second lieutenant in 1832, to battalion adjutant in 1836, to first lieutenant in 1839, and to captain in 1848. He took part in the defeat of the Baden Revolution, especially in the battles at Kandern, Weinheim, Groß Sachsen, and Gernsbach. For his efforts he was awarded the Knight’s Cross I Class of the Order of St. Ludwig, the Field Service Badge, and the Badische Gedächtnismedaille. He was then a member of the Officer Review Board for the year 1851. With his promotion to Major in 1858, he also became Battalion Commander in the 2nd Infantry Regiment. In early February 1862, he transferred to the 1st Infantry Regiment (Leib-Garde-Regiment) at Worms as a lieutenant colonel and staff officer by rank. In 1866, at the time of mobilization, Kehrer was corps intendant of the VIII. German Federal Corps and took part in the campaign against Prussia. He returned to his regiment in the same year and, as a result of Article 16 of the peace treaty, became a member of the commission set down with Prussia.

Under promotion to colonel, Kehrer rose to regimental commander on 24 January 1867.[1] This was followed by a posting as commander of the 2nd Infantry Brigade at Darmstadt from 10 July 1867 to 30 May 1868. Subsequently aggregated to the brigade staff, three months later he was first assigned to conduct the business of the commandant of Darmstadt, and was appointed commander on December 3, 1868. In 1869 he received the character of major-general. During the war against France he was stage commander at Darmstadt in 1870/71. In 1872 Kehrer was transferred to the Prussian army. For his 50th service anniversary he received the Star to the Order of the Crown II. Class with the number “50” and the Commander’s Cross I. Class of the Order of Ludwig. Kehrer was granted his retirement with pension in 1880. On the occasion of his retirement, Grand Duke Ludwig IV honoured him with the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of Philip the Magnanimous.[2]


Kehrer was married to Luise Susanne Marianne Werner. In the years 1843 to 1853, four daughters were born from the marriage.


  • Kurt von Priesdorff: Soldatisches Führertum. Vol. 8, Hanseatische Verlagsanstalt Hamburg, o. O. [Hamburg], o. J. [1941], DNB 367632837, p. 366, no. 2648.

Individual references

  1. Karl Roeder von Diersburg: Geschichte des 1. Großherzoglich Hessischen Infanterie-(Leibgarde) Regiments Nr. 115. 1621-1899. E.S. Mittler & Sohn, Berlin 1899, p. 539.
  2. Military Weekly. No. 19, 6 March 1880, p. 330.