Sergeant Arthur Frederick Curry

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Arthur Frederick Curry was born in the 3rd quarter of 1887 in Dorking, Surrey to traveller, bootmaker’s manager and draper Walter Gad Curry and bootmaker’s assistant Alice Curry nee Turner.

Arthur Frederick’s father Walter Gad Curry was born in the 1st quarter of 1862 in Dorking, Surrey to bed manufacturer and bootmaker Walter Curry, born about 1830 in Kingston, Somersetshire, and Elizabeth Curry, born about 1840 in Hanfield, Middlesex. At the time of the 1871 Census, the family lived in High Street, Dorking and Walter was working as a bed manufacturer employing fifteen men and two boys. At the time of the 1881 Census, Walter Gad was a boarder of draper’s assistant John A. Austin in High Street, Dorking. Walter Gad was working as a traveller.

Arthur Frederick’s mother Alice Turner was born in the 1st quarter of 1858 in Dorking, Surrey to publican Francis Turner, born about 1818 in Slinfold, Sussex, and Ann Turner, born about 1818 in Warnham, Sussex. Alice Turner was baptised on the 24th of March 1858 in Dorking, Surrey. At the time of the 1881 Census, the family lived in Harrow Road West, Dorking, Surrey. Alice was working as an assistant at home and Francis was a retired publican.

Walter Gad Curry married Alice Turner, by Banns, on the 24th of October 1883 at St Paul’s church in Dorking. At the time of the marriage, Walter Gad lived in Shepherd’s Bush and was working as a bootmaker. His father Walter Curry was also working as a bootmaker. Alice Turner lived in Harrow Road West in Dorking and her father Francis Turner was a gentleman.

Frederick Arthur Curry had three known siblings: Richard Walter Curry born in the 3rd quarter of 1884 in Shepherd’s Bush, Middlesex; Herbert Alfred Curry born in the 2nd quarter of 1886 in Dorking, Surrey and Stanley Charles Curry born in the 3rd quarter of 1889 in Aldershot, Surrey.

Frederick Arthur Curry was born in the 3rd quarter of 1887 in Dorking, Surrey.

Arthur Curry 1891 Census © findmypast.co.uk
Arthur Curry 1891 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family lived at 65 High Street, Aldershot, Farnham, Surrey. Walter Gad Curry was working as a bootmaker’s manager and Alice was his assistant. The couple had three sons: Herbert Alfred, Arthur Frederick and Stanley Charles.

Arthur Curry 1901 Census © findmypast.co.uk
Arthur Curry 1901 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at 233 High Street, Aldershot, Farnham, Surrey. Walter Gad was working as a draper and Alice was at home with their children: printer’s apprentice Richard Walter, draper’s assistant Herbert Alfred, and scholars Arthur Frederick and Stanley Charles The family also comprised of a boarder: draper’s assistant William Tailby and domestic servant Emily Critcher.

Arthur Curry 1911 Census © ancestry.co.uk
Arthur Curry 1911 Census © ancestry.co.uk

At the time of the 1911 Census, Frederick Arthur Curry was a Lance Corporal of the Somerset Light Infantry at the Clarence Barrack’s and Married Quarter, Spitbank Fort 4 In No, Portsmouth.

Frederick Arthur Curry married Hilda Margery Baker in the 2nd quarter of 1914 in the Registration District of Farnham, Surrey.

Arthur Frederick Curry enlisted on the 13th of September 1906 in Whitehall, Middlesex and became part of the 1st Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert’s). He was a Sergeant and his regimental number was 8052. At the time of his enlistment Arthur Frederick lived in Aldershot and worked as a draper’s assistant. He disembarked on the 21st of August 1914 to France.

Arthur Frederick Curry was killed in an action on the 26th of August 1914 in France.

Arthur Curry Exhumation Report © CWGC.org
Arthur Curry Exhumation Report © CWGC.org

His body was exhumed on the 23rd of October 1920. The original grave bore the inscription “145 Englische Krieger, 26.08.1914” on a German cross. He was buried wearing a general service uniform with Sergeant Stripes and a cardigan with his regimental number 8052; but without his army boots.

Arthur Frederick was reburied at the Fontaine-au-Pire Communal Cemetery in France. His grave reference number is: I.B.56.

Arthur Curry Soldiers Effects © ancestry.co.uk
Arthur Curry Soldiers Effects © ancestry.co.uk

Arthur Frederick’s wife Hilda Margery Curry received £9, 1s and 2d on the 13th of January 1915 and further £8 on the 19th of June 1919 in Soldier’s Effects.

Arthur Frederick Curry received the British War and Victory medals and the 1914 Star.

Born in                        Dorking
Lived                           Aldershot

Son of                         Walter Gad Curry and Alice Curry nee Turner
Husband of                 Hilda Margery Baker

Enlisted                       Whitehall, London

Regiment                     1st Battalion, Prince Albert’s (Somerset Light Infantry)
Number                       8052

Date of Death              26th August 1914
Place of Death             France
Cause of Death           Killed in Action

Age                             28

Cemetery                    Fountaine-au-Pire Communal Cemetery