Arthur Curtis

Jul 29, 1880

Born in London, England


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59229 (temporary number 739)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. A Curtis, wife, 1 Wingfield Rd., Stratford, London, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “G” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “D” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Feb 14, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Feb 21, 1916

Arthur Curtis fell ill while on leave and was admitted to the Royal Herbert Hospital in Woolwich, London, England with a diagnosis that reads Nephritis


Mar 30, 1916

Transferred to the Monks Horton Canadian Convalescent Hospital


Apr 11, 1916

Transferred to the Moore Barracks Hospital in Folkestone


May 24, 1916

Discharged from hospital and reported to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre in Folkestone


Jun 12, 1916

Medical Board at Prior Park, Bath notes

Ø  Recommended for discharge from the CEF as Medically Unfit

Ø  Pension recommended at $192.00 per annum

Ø  Board recommends that his discharge not be carried out until he is in receipt of the recommended pension


Jun 23, 1916

Embarked the SS Grampian in Liverpool



Jul 1, 1916

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec


Jul 3, 1916

Medical Board in Quebec City notes

Ø  Man suffers from Chronic Nephritis due to service

Ø  Has swelling and pain in legs

Ø  Has difficulty sleeping

Ø  Has frequent urination at night

Ø  Board recommends he be placed in a convalescent home

Arthur Curtis was transferred to the Military Hospitals Commission “C” Unit, in Kingston, Ontario


Jul 5, 1916

Admitted to the Elmhurst Military Hospital in Kingston, Ontario


Dec 1, 1916

Transferred to the #3 Special Service Company in Kingston for pay purposes while in hospital


Jan 12, 1917

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Millbrook, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 193 Smith St., Peterborough, Ontario


Mar 15, 1917

Medical Board in Kingston notes

Ø  Has been unable to work since his discharge

Ø  Any exertion causes him to suffer from Dyspnoea, shortness of breath

Ø  He feels weak and suffers from pain in the lumbar region

Ø  In damp weather suffers from pain and swelling in legs and ankles

Ø  The board notes that he suffers from Chronic Nephritis and should not attempt work of any kind

Ø  His condition is permanent and would not benefit from treatment

Ø  The board recommends a 100% Disability


Aug 15, 1932

Arthur Curtis died while a patient of the Christie Street Hospital in Toronto of Arteriosclerosis.  His death was ruled to be a result of his active service and he was buried in the Little Lake Cemetery, Peterborough, Ontario


Note that he is buried with his son who died in 1925

Following his death, a Memorial Cross was sent to his widow, Mabel Curtis, King Street Post Office, Port Hope, Ontario

 From the August 1932 issue of the Communiqué
the 21st Battalion post war newsletter

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