John Alan CURTIS

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CURTIS, John Alan

Service Number: 1179
Enlisted: 1 April 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 20th Infantry Battalion
Born: Armidale, New South Wales, Australia, 10 July 1896
Home Town: Hillgrove, Armidale Dumaresq, New South Wales
Schooling: Hillgrove Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Clothier
Died: Killed in Action, France, 1 August 1916, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-la Boisselle
Grave reference: I. B. 3 INSCRIPTION IN LOVING MEMORY A YOUNG LIFE NOBLY ENDED
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

1 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1179, 20th Infantry Battalion, Liverpool, New South Wales
25 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1179, 20th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1179, 20th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Berrima, Sydney
12 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1179, 20th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
1 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1179, 20th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Biography

John Alan Curtis was born in 1896, he was 5 ft 4 in, weighing in at 122lbs (55kg). He was 30- 33 1/2 inches tall, and had blue eyes and brown hair. John was willing to serve the country, and fight for us and people acknowledged him for that.

John's time in the war was not very long being killed in action just over a year after enlistment. John's mother, Eliza Mary Curtis lived in West-Marrickville, New South Wales, and his father, Albert Thomas Curtis lived in Armidale, New South Wales.

When John enlisted he was only 18 years and 8 months of age. He had served as a junior cadet from the age of 12 until 14, then as a senior cadet until turning 16.

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