Cecil Howard Curtis

Date of birth: 1881
Place of birth: Corby
Regiment: Warwickshire
Battalion: 2/6th
Rank / Service No: Private, 242429
Died: 31st October 1917, aged 36 years
Buried: Oxford Road Cemetery, Belgium (Plot I, Row B, Grave 4)


Cecil was the second of 9 siblings born to Henry Howard and Jane Curtis (nee James), who married in Southwark in 1878.

Henry was a schoolmaster and was born in Stockport in 1855. He died in Aldershot in 1935.

Jane was born in Walworth in 1855 and she passed away in Worthing in 1946.


Cecil trained as a Piano Tuner and he married Amy Blanche Clifford in Southwark in 1910….Amy had been born in the same district in 1884.

Once they were in Southampton, they lived at 4 Coventry Road, Polygon where their son Leslie H. was born in 1913.


It cannot be confirmed, but he may have sailed for South Africa from Southampton on 17 April 1947.



Arthur Henry   b. 1880 Carlisle   d. 1956 Brighton   Married May Pewsey in Worthing in 1916.

Cecil Howard

Edith Elsie   b. 1883 Corby   d. ??

Winifred   b. 1886 Kennington   d. ??

Bertha Helen   b. 1887 Willesden   d. 1932 Swindon   Married William George Hunt in Sherborne in 1906.

John Charles   b. 1890 Wood Green   d. ??

Ernest Leslie   b. 1892 Worthing   d. ??

Ethel Agnes   b. 1895 Worthing   d. ??

Janet Maud   b. 1897 Worthing   d. ??


Cecil first enlisted in the Hampshire Regiment (#28230) before transferring to the Wiltshire before war broke out.


2/6th battalion was formed in Birmingham in October 1914 as a “home service” unit only. The battalion was then split, with all those personnel passed fit destined for the Western Front.

The “first line” battalion joined the 48th (South Midland) Division and landed in France in March 1915.


Cecil was killed during the Third Battle of Ypres, where so many servicemen lost their lives.


Oxford Road was the name given to a road running behind the support trenches, from a point west of the village of Wieltje south-eastwards to the Potijze-Zonnebeke road.

Plot I is the original cemetery, used by units fighting on this front from August 1917 to April 1918. There are now 851 Commonwealth WW1 burials in the cemetery.


Cecil’s headstone reads: “ To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 27th June 2016


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