Friedrich Karl Theodor Köring

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Friedrich Karl Theodor Köring (born 31 December 1834 in Göttingen; † 15 February 1906 in Berlin) was a Prussian major general.


Origin and family

Friedrich Karl Theodor Köring was a son of Rittmeister August Köring († 1848) and Charlotte, née Ostermeyer († 1839). He married Ellen Rosalie Schepeler (1844-1911) in Wiesbaden in 1871. The marriage produced two sons, the elder of whom, Georg, died young, the younger, Harry Wilhelm Theodor (1874-1907) was a lieutenant colonel in Infantry Regiment No. 21 and was commanded to the Grand General Staff.

Military career

Köring began his career in 1850 as a Hanoverian cadet. In 1853 he was Portepeefähnrich in the 2nd Infantry Regiment (Celle) and in the same year was appointed Secondelieutnant in the 6th Infantry Regiment (Hanover). He was promoted to Premierlieutenant in 1857, and was commanded to the Military Academy at Hanover from 1857 to 1859. In the German War he took part in the Battle of Langensalza.

He was commissioned a premier lieutenant in the Prussian army in 1867, and aggregated to Infantry Regiment No. 20. In the same year he received promotion to captain and company commander in the regiment. In the Franco-Prussian War he fought in the battles of Spichern and Vionville, where he was wounded by a cartridge shot through the right hand. In the very first year of the war he received the Iron Cross II Class. In 1872 he became a company commander in the replacement battalion. After his promotion to major in 1877, he became a regular staff officer in 1878 and commander of the 1st Battalion in Infantry Regiment No. 20 in 1879. He transferred to Infantry Regiment No. 64 in 1880 as commander of the Fusilier Battalion. In 1884 he became lieutenant-colonel and etat staff officer in Infantry Regiment No. 46, and in 1887 colonel and commander of Infantry Regiment No. 59. He was placed à la suite of the regiment in 1890, and charged with the command of the 2nd Infantry Brigade. In the same year he was promoted to major-general and became commander of the brigade. In 1892 he was awarded the Order of the Red Eagle II. Class with Oak Leaves and made available with pension under award of the Order of the Crown II. Class with Star.

Köring was chairman of the German Animal Welfare Association for many years. He was buried on 19 February 1906 at the Invalidenfriedhof.


  • Kurt von Priesdorff: Soldatisches Führertum. Vol. 10, Hanseatische Verlagsanstalt Hamburg, o. O. [Hamburg], o. J. [1942], DNB 986919810, pp. 351-352, no. 3259.