Although I have a post of my own to soon put up I received this one from my friend Rob and chose to run it instead. It’s the story of a German-American Calvinist theologian who volunteered at age 67 to serve in the German Army, his adopted country. Fascinating story.
A while ago I wrote some lines on Twitter about germany’s youngest soldier to be killed in World War 1*. No one seemed to have heard about him. The same probably applies to Caspar René Gregory, its oldest volunteer. As he was a fascinating character I decided to write this short bio. I had to dive into some theological history to write it which was not easy at all (for me). Details on his military service (which is probably the part anyone will read, ignoring the rest) were far easier to find and evaluate.
*Next post here will be about him
“When England, mighty England, the country that had murdered Boer women and children, the country that bled India dry and left it starving, when this England declared war, I had no other choice than to take up arms against it“
Gregory was born in Philadelphia. His ancestors…
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