William John Curry

Date of birth: 1883
Place of birth: Poplar, London
Regiment / Division: Mercantile Marine
Vessel: HMHS Llandovery Castle
Rank / Service No: Assistant Steward
Died: 27th June 1918, aged 35 years
Commemorated: Tower Hill Memorial


There is very little information available on the family of William, mainly because it has proven very difficult to find any family members in a Census.

William was the son of William Henry and Elizabeth Curry (nee Smith), who married in 1875 in Bethnal Green.


William was living with his uncle and aunt, Herbert and Mary Todd, in Leytonstone at the 1901 Census.

At the 1911 Census, he was a boarder at Ann Johnston’s guest house at 57 Bridge Road in Southampton.


William married Ann in 1912. Ann had been born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire in 1876, and had been married before.


Llandovery Castle was built in 1914 in Glasgow, as R.M.S. Llandovery Castle, one of 5 Canadian hospital ships that served in WW1.

On a voyage from Nova Scotia to Liverpool, the vessel was torpedoed off Southern Ireland by U-86 (Helmut Brummer-Patzig).


He sought to destroy the evidence by running down all the lifeboats, and machine-gunning the survivors.

Only 24 people survived in one lifeboat, and they only survived because their boat capsized when it was drawn in by the sinking vessel.


Patzig was arraigned for trial in Germany in 1921, but he left the country and avoided extradition.


234 souls perished, including many nurses.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 27th June 2016


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