Tuesday 12 March 2013

Private James Patrick Curtis

Born on 4 April 1889 in Newport, England - brother of Thomas Curtis, South Bend, Indiana - at time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Windsor, Ontario, trade as gas fitter, single, no current or previous military service, Roman Catholic, height of 5 feet 5 inches, chest of 30 inches fully expanded, dark complexion, blue eyes, auburn hair.

Joined the 97th Battalion, CEF, in Windsor, Ontario, on 12 January 1916 (number 207500) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 28 or 29 March 1917 - killed in action on 10 August 1918 - name listed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Curtis's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)

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