Herbert Franklin CURNOW


CURNOW, Herbert Franklin

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 28 April 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 22nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Kangaroo Flat, Victoria, Australia, 9 January 1893
Home Town: Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria
Schooling: Kangaroo Flat State School, Victoria, Australia and Duntroon Military College, Canberra Australia Capital Territory, Australia
Occupation: Defence Department Records clerk
Died: Killed in action, Pozieres, France, 5 August 1916, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Courcelette British Cemetery
Plot VII, Row B, Grave No. 9
Memorials: Kangaroo Flat Soldiers Memorial
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World War 1 Service

28 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Melbourne, Victoria
10 May 1915: Involvement 22nd Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
10 May 1915: Embarked 22nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
5 Aug 1916: Involvement Captain, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"Herbert Franklin Curnow was born at Kangaroo Flat Victoria on 9 January 1893 to parents Herbert and Janet. A clerk by trade, he enlisted in Melbourne on 30 April 1915 at the age of 22. Curnow departed Melbourne as a second lieutenant with the 22nd Infantry Battalion on 10 May 1915.

Curnow served at Gallipoli with the 22nd Infantry Battalion and during the course of 1915 was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and then captain. He was evacuated in early December 1915 due to a septic hand injury. Curnow later re-joined his unit and was sent to the Western Front during March 1916. Herbert Curnow was 23 years old when he was killed in action at Pozieres on 5 August 1916 and he is buried at Courcelette British Cemetery, France." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)


Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

“Standing thus their attention fixed on the advancing line, the troops on the left were not at first aware that they were being sniped with deadly effect by a handful of Germans lying in shell holes about forty yards in advance of O.G.2 where Brind's Road ran through. It happened that Captain Curnow saw a well-known man of his company, Private Vienna, formerly a football supporter of Geelong, killed by one of these snipers. Exclaiming “I’ll get the chap who did that,” and drawing his revolver on the German, this beloved leader too was shot dead.”

Bean- Volume III – The Australian Imperial Force in France, 1916, The Taking and Holding of the Pozieres Heights, page 695-696