Stanley Arthur Curran

Date of birth: 1899
Place of birth: Portsmouth
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 15th
Rank / Service No: Private, 45602
Died: 4th September 1918, aged 19 years
Commemorated: Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium

 

Stanley was the ninth of 10 known siblings born to Henry and Martha Amelia Curran (nee Redfern), who married in Portsmouth in 1883.

It must be presumed that one child died in infancy.

Henry was born in Malta in 1859 and died in Southampton in 1932. Martha was born in Portsmouth in 1860 and passed away in Southampton in 1951.

 

Once the family had moved along the coast, they lived at 65 St Denys Road, Portswood.

 

Siblings

Alice Maud M.   b. 1884 Portsmouth   d. 1964 Droxford   Married William V. Pritchard in Southampton in 1910.

Violet Gordon   b. 1885 Portsmouth   d. 1964 Droxford   Married John Arthur Matcham in Southampton in 1909.

Victoria Beatrice   b. 1886 Portsmouth   d. 1929 Southampton

Herbert William   b. 1889 Portsmouth   d. 1970 Southampton   Married Elsie M. Northover in Southampton in 1916.

Evelyn May   b. 1 March 1891 Portsmouth   d. 1973 Eastbourne   Married Cecil V. Hillier in Southampton in 1915.

Daisy Gertrude   b. 1892 Portsmouth   d. 1971 Winchester

Gladys Muriel   b. 1894 Portsmouth   d. 1978 Watford   Married William Roberts in Denio, Wales on 31 January 1925.

Janet Dorothy   b. 1897 Portsmouth   d. 1990 Merton   Married Robert H. Walls in Portsmouth in 1936.

Stanley Arthur

Winifred Alexandra   b. 1901 Southampton   d. 1994 Southampton   Married Leonard H. Fry in Southampton in 1926.

 

The battalion that Stanley joined was formed in Portsmouth on 5 April 1915, by the mayor and his officers.

The War Office adopted the battalion on 30 May 1915 and it moved to Aldershot in the October of that year.

The battalion immediately came under the orders of 122nd Brigade, in the 41st Division.

 

The brigade mustered for war in early 1916, landing in France in the May of that year.

In 1916, they fought on the Somme, and in the Battle of Messines (amongst others) in 1917.

 

On 27th September 1917, Stanley’s battalion was amalgamated with the now dismounted 1/1st Hampshire Yeomanry and renamed as the 15th (Hampshire Yeomanry) Battalion.

In November 1917, the new battalion was part of a troop movement to Italy, taking the front line near the River Piave near Treviso.

 

In February 1918, they were all summoned back to France, encamped near Doullens and Mondicourt.

The Germans began a last-ditch offensive along the Western Front on 21 March 1918. By late April, the danger of a German break-through had subsided and, in August 1918, the Allies began a counter-offensive.

 

New artillery techniques and operational methods were used for the first time, as the Hundred Days Offensive resulted in the Germans retreating from all of the ground taken in the Spring.

Stanley probably perished during this major offensive against the enemy.

 

The Memorial to the Missing at Tyne Cot commemorates 34,887 Commonwealth soldiers who died after 16 August 1917, and who have no known grave.

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 27th June 2016
Updated:

 

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