Stanley Robert Curtis


The photos above, as well as the photo of the medals below, are from a display built by Stephen Smith in the Woodstock Ontario Museum
Thank you to John Sargeant for supplying them.



Mar 12, 1892

Born at Dereham Township, Oxford County, Ontario


Jan 27, 1916

Attested into the 168th Battalion at Tillsonburg Ontario 

Ø      Number 675384

Ø      Next of kin given as Thomas Curtis (father) of Tillsonburg Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Oct 21, 1916

Will made out leaving estate to his mother, Mrs Annie Curtis, of Tillsonburg Ontario


Oct 30, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland at Halifax Nova Scotia



Nov 11, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Dec 5, 1916

Posted to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling Camp


Jan 4, 1917

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Mar 7, 1917

The Military Will inside the pay book was filled in leaving estate to his mother, Mrs Annie Curtis of Tillsonburg Ontario


Mar 19, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 20, 1917

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Mar 22, 1917

Left CBD to join unit


Apr 14, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

There is no explanation for the delay in joining the Battalion.  I assume he was held in the rear area because of the planned attack at Vimy Ridge. 

The Battalion was in billets on this date at Bois Des Alleux, re-equipping and re-organizing after heavy losses at Vimy Ridge.


Jul 14, 1917

Admitted to No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with shrapnel wounds to both feet 

The Battalion was in the front lines in the Laurent Section and Pte Curtis was one of 6 who were wounded by artillery bursts of shrapnel shells 

Transferred same day to No 18 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Jul 16, 1917

Transferred to No 7 Canadian Hospital at Etaples


Jul 24, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Pieter de Conink


Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital 

Admitted to Military Hospital at Lewisham and surgery performed to remove several bone fragments and other foreign bodies from both feet. 

He was noted as being very depressed on admission


Sep 28, 1917

Officer Commanding Military Hospital reports him to be “dangerously ill”


Sep 29, 1917

Died of Wounds at 12:35 pm at the Military Hospital at Lewisham after running a high fever for several days, at one point reaching 103.8 deg.

Brookwood Military Cemetery
Surrey England


Jun 6, 1921

Plaque and Scroll sent to his father, Thomas Curtis, at Tillsonburg Ontario


Aug 12, 1922

Memorial Cross sent to his mother, Mrs Annie Curtis, at Tillsonburg Ontario


Mar 28, 1923

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Mrs Annie Curtis, mother, at Tillsonburg Ontario


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