2nd Lieutenant William Edwin Forrest Curror

© Royston Williamson 2015
© Royston Williamson 2015

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

William Edwin Forrest Curror was born about 1882 in Fife, Scotland to commission agent John Curror and Annie Forrest Curror nee Currie.

William Edwin Forrest´s father, John Curror was born on the 10th of October 1845 in Beath, Fife, Scotland to farmer John Curror Snr., born about 1808 in Fife, Scotland, and Catherine Leslie, born about 1826 in Burntisland, Fife, Scotland. John Curror Jnr., was baptised on the 29th of October 1845 in Beath, Fife, Scotland.

At the time of the 1851 Census, John Curror was staying with his maternal grandmother, farmer´s widow, Catherine at Drinkbetween, Kinghorn, Kircaldy, Fife, Scotland. Catherine was born about 1797 in Burntisland, Fife, Scotland. The household further comprised of her children: Elizabeth Leslie; a farmer of 130 acres employing ten labourers, Alexander Leslie; Margaret Leslie and Catherine‘s grandson William Curror. The family was looked after by two housemaids and two agricultural labourers.

At the time of the 1861 Census, John Curror Snr., a farmer of 227 Scotch acres, employing four men, three women and one boy, and Catherine Curror nee Leslie lived at Leuchatsbeath, Fife, Scotland. The household further comprised of their children: bank clerk John Curror Jnr., William Leslie Curror, Catharine Curror, Peter Curror, Alexander Curror, Grace Young Curror and James Curror. The family was looked after by two domestic servants. At this time the family was visited by dressmaker Elizabeth Moyes.

At the time of the 1871 Census, book keeper John Curror Jnr., was a lodger of Janet Ferrier at 197 High Street, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland.

William Edwin Forrest´s mother, Annie Forrest Currie was born on the 26th of March 1853 in Fife, Scotland to builder Thomas Currie, born about 1814 in Fife, Scotland and Helen Ovenstone, born about 1813 in Fife, Scotland. Annie Forrest Currie was baptised on the 29th of May 1853 in Elie, Fife, Scotland. At the time of the 1871 Census, the family lived at 29 Beach Street, Elie, Fife, Scotland. Thomas Currie was a builder employing sixteen men and Helen was at home. The household further comprised of their children: house carpenter James Forrest Currie, Annie Forrest Currie and a domestic servant.

John Curror Jnr., married Annie Forrest Currie on the 5th of August 1874 in Elie, Fife, Scotland.

At the time of the 1881 Census, the family lived at Lochburn House, 9 High Street, Elie, Fife, Scotland. John Curror Jnr., was working as a grain and potato commission merchant and Annie Forrest Curror was at home. The family was looked after by a servant.

At the time of the 1891 Census, William Edwin Forrest Curror was staying with his maternal grandfather, retired architect and builder, the widowed, Thomas Currie at Carmurrie House, Elie, Fife, Scotland. The household further comprised of William´s parents, commission agent John Curror Jnr., and Annie Forrest Curror nee Currie, Thomas Currie´s granddaughter Helen Laing and a servant.

The 1894 and 1897 Surrey, England, Electoral Registers read that John Curror Jnr., lived at West Lees farm in Dorking. The farm comprised of a tenement and land.

William Curror Dorking High School Prizegiving © Dorking Advertiser findmypast.co.uk
William Curror Dorking High School Prizegiving © Dorking Advertiser findmypast.co.uk

The 1895 Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser reads that William Edwin Forrest Curror received the 5th Form prize at the Dorking High School annual entertainment. Prizes were distributed by Lady Ashcombe.

William Edwin Forrest Curror´s father John Curror Jnr., died in the 4th quarter of 1901 in the Registration District of Romford, Essex. He was 67 years old.

William Curror Scholarship Report © Dorking Advertiser findmypast.co.uk
William Curror Scholarship Report © Dorking Advertiser findmypast.co.uk

The 1902 Dorking and Leatherhead Avertiser reads: ´An old pupil of the Dorking High School, Mr. W.E.F. Curror, has been successful in gaining one of the ´Whitworth´(engineering) Scholarships awarded by the Board of Education, being eleventh on the list. The subjects which Mr. Curror succesfully passed were: -Geometry (honours, Part I); mathematics (Stages 3 and 5); theoretical mechanics, advanced 1st class; applied mechanics, advanced 1st class; magnetism and electricity, advanced 1st class, steam; advanced 1 class, heat, advancer 2 class; freehand drawing, advanced 1st class. The scholarship is of the value of £50.´

William Curror 1911 Census © ancestry.co.uk
William Curror 1911 Census © ancestry.co.uk

At the time of the 1911 Census, Annie Forrest Curror and her son William Edwin Forrest Curror, an engineer draughtsman lived at 155 Queens Gardens, Ilford, Romford, Essex. Annie stated that she had given birth to a one child. The house had five rooms.

William Edwin Forrest Curror enlisted into the 14th (County of London) Battalion (London Scottish). He was a 2nd Lieutenant. William Edwin Forrest Curror disembarked on the 3rd of April 1916 to France.

William Curror Army Deaths Transcription © findmypast.co.uk
William Curror Army Deaths Transcription © findmypast.co.uk

He was killed in action on or around the 1st of July 1916 in France.

William Curror Gommecourt British Cemetery Roll of Honour © CWGC.org
William Curror Gommecourt British Cemetery Roll of Honour © CWGC.org

His body was later found, identified by his disc and re-buried at the Gommercourt British Cemetery No. 2 Hebuterne in France. His grave reference number is: V.C.1.

William Curror 1911 Census © ancestry.co.uk
William Curror 1911 Census © ancestry.co.uk
William Curror Medal Rolls Index Cards © ancestry.co.uk
William Curror Medal Rolls Index Cards © ancestry.co.uk

William Edwin Forrest Curror was awarded the British War and Victory medals.

William Curror Probate Calendar © ancestry.co.uk
William Curror Probate Calendar © ancestry.co.uk
William Curror Soldiers Effects © ancestry.co.uk
William Curror Soldiers Effects © ancestry.co.uk

William Edwin Forrest Curror of 16 Vaughan Gardens, Ilford, Essex left to his mother Annie Forrest Curror £415, 2s and 1d in probate.

The widowed Annie Forrest Curror of Lily Bank, Bridge of Allan, Stirling, Scotland died on the 27th of April 1919. She left £1738 and 4d to her relative, medical practitioner James Thomas Currie Laing in probate.

Born                        Fife, Scotland
Lived                       16 Vaughan Gardens, Ilford, Essex

Son of                     John and Annie Forrest Curror

School                     Dorking High School 1894-97 (Ashcombe School)

Regiment                 14th London Regiment (London Scottish)

Date of Death          1st July 1916
Place of Death          France
Cause of Death        Killed in Action

Age                          34

Cemetery                 Gommecourt No. 2 Cemetery, Hebuterne, Somme, France

William Curror Grave
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