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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Henry CURTIS

Born 24 March 1877 in Saint Peters, New South Wales, Australia [P395]
Son of Albert CURTIS and Sarah Ann MONTGOMERY [32]
Served a three year apprenticeship as a Butcher in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia [30: item 3479681]
In 1916 he was working as a Labourer and living with his parents at 19 Coolgardie Street in West Perth [50]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) in Perth on 6 March 1916 [30: item 3479681]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighed 165 pounds, had grey eyes, brown hair and a ruddy complexion [30]
     He gave his occupation or profession as Miner and his of kin as his father [30]
     After local training at Belmont he was appointed on 1 May 1916 to the No. 6 Tunnelling Company [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A69 Warilda on 1 June 1916 [18]
     Disembarked in Plymouth, England on 18 July 1916 and after further training proceeded to France on 28 August 1916 [30]
     Sapper 4307 in the Australian Imperial Force's 3rd Tunnelling Company in France during the First World War [30]
     He sustained a minor accidental scalp wound on 26 December 1916, and following hospital returned to duty on 26 January 1917 [30]
     Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal on 27 December 1917 and then Temporary Second Corporal from 17 April 1918 [30]
     Promoted to Second Corporal on 23 May, appointed Acting Sergeant on 9 July, and promoted to Corporal on 29 July 1918 [30]
     Returned to Australia on the steamship Somali, disembarking in Fremantle, Western Australia on 8 July 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 23 August 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Married Dorothy Maud RUSSELL in Perth in 1922 [66]
Farmer of Braquemont Farm in Yandanooka 1922-1943 [6] [30: item 3479681] [176]
     He had obtained farmland on the Yandanooka Estate through the Soldier Settlement Scheme [30: item 3479681]
     He and John William WILSON together owned 2,159 acres of farmland in Lots 55 and 57 of the Yandanooka Estate [44] [61]
     His brother-in-law Norman M. NOBLE and sister Mrs Francesca M. NOBLE were on Lot 56 of the Yandanooka Estate [44] [61]
     Another settler on the Yandanooka Estate was Edmund Y. TAYLOR who he'd met in France in 1918 during the war [30: item 3479681]
     Member of the Yandanooka Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League [30: item 3479681]
     During March 1923 a wallet of his was stolen from his pocket at the railway station in Watheroo [30: item 3479681]
     Applied for a duplicate of his A.I.F. discharge certificate in January 1939, as his had been in his stolen wallet [30: item 3479681]
Father of June and Marion [39: 10-Jun-1943]
Died 7 June 1943 in Three Springs; buried Mingenew Cemetery, Mingenew (Anglican, Plot 38A) [176]
Rev. Robert G. A. PYM of Dongara officiated at his funeral, which was undertaken by Harold F. THOMAS of Mingenew [176]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Henry Curtis' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 9 August 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/henry-curtis [reference list]




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