Alfred David Curtis

Date of birth: 10th November 1887
Place of birth: Chelsea, London
Regiment: Royal Marine Light Infantry
Battalion: 2nd (Royal Navy div.)
Rank / Service No: Serjeant, PO/1480(S)
Died: 28th April 1917, aged 29 years
Commemorated: Arras Memorial, France


Alfred appears to be the second sibling of 3 born to Samuel David Curtis and Matilda Janet Tovey.

There is no evidence of the two parents ever having married each other, although they both appear to have had subsequent relationships.


David, a “traveller”, is boarding with a Sarah Mynott and her son in Fulham at the 1901 Census. He is shown as “married” at the time, possibly to an “Annie”, because they were living together in Kensington at the 1881 Census.


On 29 July 1907, in Croydon, David and Sarah Mynott married and they are known to have been together in Wandsworth at the 1911 Census.


David was born in Nuneaton in 1856 and died in Wandsworth in 1912.

Matilda was born in Clifton, Gloucestershire in 1866. She is known to have married Stallwood John Watkinson in London in 1893, under the name Janet Tovey Curtis.


Mr Watkinson is known to have remarried in 1901.


It is reasonably certain that Matilda married Charles J. Pemble in Bristol in 1915, and she passed away in Southampton in 1939.



Charles S.   b. 1885 Plymouth   d. ??

Alfred David 

Gladys Eveline   b. 1889 Chelsea   d. 1958 Camberwell   Married Thomas Aaron Hurrell in Birchington on 5 January 1907.


Alfred enlisted in Southampton on 13 May 1907. He embarked with the Royal Marines Brigade on HMT Olympic on 16 February 1916, destined for Gallipoli.

They arrived in Mudros on 24 February 1916 and the Marines were the last to leave Gallipoli, replacing both British & French troops in a neatly planned and executed withdrawal from the beaches.


It is known that Alfred was injured on 16 November 1916, just prior to the Battalion leaving the Dardanelles for France, but he remained with the battalion.


Losses incurred at Gallipoli resulted in the Portsmouth and Plymouth Royal Marine Light Infantry battalions merging together to form the 2nd Battalion.

Alfred was injured again, once the battalion had arrived in France but he once again remained with his battalion.


He perished during the major Allied offensive around Arras in April 1917.


The Memorial commemorates the almost 35,000 Commonwealth servicemen who perished in the Arras sector, and have no known grave.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 27th June 2016


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