Spork, Johann Rudolph

b. 27 November 1755

d. 10 February 1806

"Count. Son of Johann Karl, entered the Imperial military service at an early age, and by 1789 was already second colonel of the 2nd Banat Grenz Regiment, no. 11. On 24 July 1789, he attacked the Turks advancing from Predor and Kosoracz in the flank with some companies, and contributed considerably to driving them from the area. In May 1790, with a detachment of his regiment, he helped to rescue the blockhouse at Liubina, on the furthest borders, which was under attack, and was transferred, in the same rank, to Infantry Regiment Brechainville, no. 25. From this, in 1792, he transferred as regimental commander to Infantry Regiment Grossherzog von Toscana, no. 23 ... In 1792 he served with this in the army of the Netherlands, and on 21 April with a detachment of the same he took part in the reconnaissance of Maubeuge carried out by Feldmarschall-Lieutenant Graf Latour, who, in his report, praised the 'judicious and active contribution of Colonel Graf Spork of IR Toscana'. In 1793, he was promoted General-Major, and commanded a brigade with the army in Germany during the campaigns of 1794 and 1795. In 1797 he was promoted Feldmarschall-Lieutenant and in 1801 was made Inhaber of the ... 25th Line Infantry Regiment ... In 1802, he was Obersthofmeister to Archduke Anton, and died in Vienna in his 51st year." Wurzbach, C., von. Biographisches Lexikon des Kaiserthums Oesterreich, 1856-91, vol. 36, p. 238.

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