Horace Curtis

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West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
Date of birth:
29 November 1889
Date of death:
07 August 1915
Age at Death:

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Lieutenant Horace Curtis was the youngest of three Curtis brothers from Barrowden to die, and also the first to be killed when he fell at Gallipoli. He was born on 29 November 1889 at Easton on the Hill, one of six six children to Henry Levi and Matilda Curtis who later moved to Barrowden. He was educated at Stamford Grammar School and Leeds University where he obtained a Batchelor of Science degree before becoming a teacher. Horace was an assistant master at Buxton Grammar School and when war broke out in August 1914 he obtained a commission in the 9th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. He was promoted to Lieutenant in January 1915. Horace was reported missing soon after landing at Suvla Bay in August 1915 in a British attempt to break the deadlock in Gallipoli. His Company was holding high ground at Hill 70, west of Abrikja near Anafartha, and on 7 August 1915, it was attacked at dawn by a very strong body of Turks. It is known Horace was wounded in the leg and had to be left behind as the Company retreated. The Turks were known to have bayoneted the wounded and it was believed by the War Office that he was killed that day. Horace was said to have been a very popular officer and an excellent soldier and, like his brother Harry Reginald, intended to become a priest after the war. Horace is remembered on panel 49 of Gallipoli's Helles Memorial. All three Curtis brothers, Horace, Albert and Harry, are remembered on the wooden war memorial at St Peter's Church in Barrowden and also on Easton on the Hill's war memorial.

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  • Barrowden Church
  • Barrowden Memorial
  • Easton War memorial
  • Easton Curtis Brothers
  • Helles Memorial 2
  • Helles Memorial 1
  • H Curtis panel
  • H Curtis 1
  • H Curtis RR3
  • H Curtis RR1

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