This is a bit of family history about Peter’s parents and Peter’s paternal grandfather.
Peter’s father, Richard Hannemann, was born on the 28th of October 1900.
Seventeen of his descendents live in Australia and nine in Germany . Two of his grandchildren have passed away.
Peter’s mother, Frieda Hannemann, nee Müller, was born on the 16th of November 1900.
“She was always a rather physically weak child, did not like any strenuous activity. On Sundays her father liked to walk with the family across the Tempelhofer Field (later Airport Tempelhof) where the walk over the sandy ground drove her to tears. But her father wanted to have his beer on the other side of the large field.
After school and training to be an “early childhood carer” she worked for a little while as a nanny, but later, during the Big War, she joined the Post Office and became a telephone operator in the new technology of telephony. She had a beautiful, clear voice right to the end of her life. In old age she still sounded like a forty year old on the phone.
Peter’s parents got engaged in 1922
and married in 1929.
This blog is about Peter’s grandfather, Otto Hannemann, father of Richard Hannemann.
“Otto Hannemann, was a carpenter foreman in the growing city of Berlin. Born in the small town of Lukenwalde, south of Berlin, he looked for work in the big city to support his growing family.
When the war started he was not called up straight away. Only later, in the beginning of 1916, he was called upon as he was a reservist (Landjäger).
It seems he had his training in Schwerin, the capital of Mecklenburg
He was sent to the Western Front. (Perhaps he was even opposite Australian forces.) We know from the war reports and history books that it was hell. On the 2. 12. 1916 he fell. Some reports tell of cold and frosty days. He is buried in a war cemetery just outside Lille: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lille”