Becké, Erwin, born on 29-11-1881 in Harburg along the river Elbe, entered the Army at the age of 17, as a Fähnrich, on 20-03-1899, with the 160th Infantry Regiment until 02-08-1914. Promoted to Hauptmann on 02-08-1914 and detached to the War Academy and the Grand General Staff. With the beginning of the first war he was the Chief Supply Officer Ib in the General Staff of the 1st Army Corps, under Generalmajor der Flieger, Officer Special Duties Luftwaffe, Erich von Falkenhayn
, until 01-03-1916. He ended World War I as the Chief of Operations Ia in the General Staff of the 79th Reserve Division and retired on 06-09-1919 from the Army Service, Grand leave, still a Hauptmann. The 79th Reserve Division initially fought on the Eastern Front, seeing its first action in the Second Battle of the Masurian Lakes . Becké reactivated in 1926 in the Army as Territorial Officer and active from 01-04-1938 now an Oberst.
With the beginning of World War II he was director of the Military Economics Office in Hanover until 01-11-1941. Assigned, now a Major General, as Armaments Inspector XVIII in Hanover to 31-01-1943 and he was retired again on 31-01-1943, age 61.
Death and burial ground of Becké, Erwin.
Retired he, not a battlefield General, lived in Hanover where he died at the age of 75, on 22-10-1957. In Hanover some other Generals lived, like SS Oberführer, Kommandeur 19th Waffen SS Grenadier Division , Friedrich Bock.
General der Panzertruppe, Kommandeur 19th Panzer Division , Otto von Knobelsdorf, Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Kommandeur Headquarters of the OKH, Walter Gundell, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur 276th Volks Grenadier Division , Hugo Dempwolff, Generalmajor der Flieger, Airport Area Commander IIVI, Laon, Hubert Hartog
and SS Gruppenführer, Waldemar Wappenhaus. They all, as Generalmajor der Infanterie, Erwin Becké, with his wife Elisabeth, born Holst, who died age 73, on 23-02-1962, are buried on the cemetery Engeshode in Hanover, all still close together.