William Curtin



Dec 25, 1887

Born in Galway Township, Peterborough County, Ontario to David and Ellen (nee Cain) Curtin


Apr 10, 1916

Attested into the 93rd Battalion in Peterborough, Ontario 

Ø      Number 195904

Ø      Next of kin given as David Curtin, father, General Delivery, Peterborough, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Chef

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic


Jul 15, 1916

Embarked the Empress of Britain in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jul 25, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Otterpool


Aug 23, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Acting Corporal without pay


Oct 6, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling


Oct 7, 1916

Reverted to the rank of Private at his own request


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling.  Shortly after the formation of the battalion, it moved to Seaford


Apr 21, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Apr 22, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of “about 3,000” reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Apr 24, 1917

Left the CBD along with 2,055 reinforcements for various battalions


May 21, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the support trenches near Vimy Ridge as part of a draft of 149 reinforcements.  There is no explanation as to why it took almost a month to join his unit.  He was assigned to the Cook Staff


Aug 21, 1917

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin) which is a fever without a known cause.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 4 CFA Rest Station


Aug 24, 1917

Discharged to duty from the rest station


Jan 12, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 27, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Jan 30, 1918

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea) and transferred the same day to the No. 3 CFA


Jan 31, 1918

Transferred to the No. 6 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Feb 2, 1918

Transferred via No. 8 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 51 General Hospital


Apr 10, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Apr 13, 1918

Discharged to the base depot from hospital


Apr 14, 1918

Joined the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples and assigned to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness


Apr 20, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart


Apr 23, 1918

Placed under stoppage of pay at the rate of 50¢ per day in addition to loss of Field Allowance (10¢ per day) for the 71 days he was in hospital as punishment for contracting VD


May 10, 1918

Left the CCRC to join his unit


May 12, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the front lines in the Mercatel section


Oct 12, 1918

At approximately 11.00 am Private Curtin was preparing dinner for the battalion at the Horse Lines in Sailly, France, when an artillery shell exploded nearby wounding him in the stomach.  He died while being transported to the No. 33 CCS.  He was subsequently buried in the Bucquoy Road British Cemetery, Ficheux, south of Arras, France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. David Curtin, Box 981 Peterborough, Ontario 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Mr. David Curtin at the same address


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