Bartholomew Joseph CURRAN


CURRAN, Bartholomew Joseph

Service Number: 5003
Enlisted: 20 January 1916
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 1st Tunnelling Company (inc. 4th Tunnelling Company)
Born: 1 January 1879, place not yet discovered
Home Town: Kalgoorlie, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Western Australia
Schooling: Private and State Schools in South Australia
Occupation: Bootmaker in Clare, South Australia (prior to enlistment)
Died: Pneumonia in the field (aged 38 years old), Hersin-Coupigny Nord-Pas-de-Calais France, 22 February 1917, aged 38 years
Cemetery: Hersin Communal Cemetery Extension
Hersin Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot I, Row G, Grave No. 16), Hersin-Coupigny, Lens, Nord Pas de Calais, France. Bartholomew Joseph Curran's name is located at panel 26 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT., Hersin Communal Cemetery Extension, Hersin-Coupigny, Lens, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Clare Original Clare School WW1 Memorial, Clare Schools Old Scholars who Fell WW1 Memorial, Clare WW1 Memorial Arch
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World War 1 Service

20 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1
1 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 5003, 1st Tunnelling Company (inc. 4th Tunnelling Company), Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
1 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 5003, 1st Tunnelling Company (inc. 4th Tunnelling Company)
22 Feb 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 5003

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Born at:  Dungarvon, Ireland   (arrived in Australia 6 months old)

Described as:  37years old (on enlistment in 1916), single, 5’ 8” tall; 140 lbs;  Medium complexion; blue eyes, brown hair; Roman Catholic.

Father:   Mr John Curran (deceased) and Mrs Ellen Curran, Clare, South Australia. (who later moved to 31 Leicester Street, Parkside)

Next of kin: Sister – Mary Curran, 5 Selly Park, Waterford, Ireland  (she later married and became Mrs Mary Monahan, 17 Clashua Place, Waterford, Ireland).


Next of kin in service: Brother  PATRICK CURRAN  #9854  (born, Waterford, Ireland 27yrs on enlistment), returned to Australia  10/8/1919 (Sydney).


He completed a 5year apprentice in Boot making prior to enlisting.


Enlisted at:  Blackboy Hill, WA

Rank:           Sapper in the 45 Depot unit.


He embarked on 1 June 1916 from Fremantle, as a Sapper in the 2nd Tunnelling Company.

10/3/1916    Transferred to 6 Tunnelling Company  -  rank  Sapper

18/7/1916    Disembarked at Plymouth, England

28/8/1916    Proceeded o/s to France

30/9/1916    Taken on strength – into 3rd Australian Tunnelling Company

12/2/1917    Admitted to 50th Field Ambulance – with Pneumonia

14/2/1917    Sent to 33rd Casualty Clearing Station, Hersin Compigney, France

22/2/1917    Died of pneumonia - aged 38years.


Medals:  WWI Star 1914-15;   British War medal (41108);  Victory medal (40689);  Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (321344).


Hersin Communal Cemetery Extension    (Identified Casualties:  223)

Location Information
Hersin is a village about 5 kilometres south of Bethune and about 2 kilometres west of the main road from Bethune to Arras. The Communal Cemetery and Extension lie to the north-east of the village.

Historical Information
The extension to Hersin Communal Cemetery was begun by French troops, who made over 100 burials, and was taken over by Commonwealth troops and field ambulances in March 1916. It was used until October 1918.

The extension contains 224 Commonwealth burials of the First World War; many of the graves are of engineers, mostly from tunneling companies. All but seven of the French graves have been removed.
The extension was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.


The Northern Argus Obituary notice – courtesy of Clare Regional History Group Inc.


Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  17 June 2014.  Lest we forget.