William Edgar Curnuck

Edited by : TimBowers Newbridge War Memorial project 03/12/2015

Date of Birth: 27/3/1885

Place Of Birth: Crumlin, Monmouthshire

Date of Death: 26/4/1917

Location died: Near Doiran Lake, Greece

Gender: Male

Where buried: Karasouli Military Cemetery, Greece

  • Date of birth - 27/3/1885

    Where? - Crumlin, Monmouthshire

  • Date Enlisted - 25/2/1915

    Where? - Cosham, Hants

    Age - N/A

    As - Volunteer

  • Battles

  • Date of the battle - N/A

    Where? - Battle of Doiran Lake

  • Ranks

  • Rank Date - 25/2/1915

    Rank - As Private

    Service - Royal Navy

    As - Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

    Service number - WALES S/431

  • Rank Date - 25/9/1916

    Rank - As Private

    Service - British Army

    As - Royal Berkshire Regiment

    Service number - 31584

  • Awarded medal

  • Award date - N/A

    Was awarded - Type : British War Medal

  • Award date - N/A

    Was awarded - Type : Victory Medal

  • Date of Death - 26/4/1917

    Where? - Near Doiran Lake, Greece


Family


  • Father - Alfred Curnuck
  • Mother - Rhoda Curnuck
  • Brother - Charles Curnuck
  • Brother - Thomas Curnuck
  • Sister - Amelia Curnuck
  • Sister - Ada Curnuck


Address


  • 27 Glen View Terrace, Crumlin, Monmouthshire


Language(s) spoken


  • English


Additional Information


Family William Edgar Curnuck was born on 27th March 1885, the fifth child of Alfred and Rhoda Curnuck, his elder siblings were Charles, Thomas, Amelia and Ada. None of the family could speak Welsh. In 1891 the family were living at 37 Mill House, Mynydd Maen, William’s father, Alfred, was working as a colliery roadman and his eldest brother, Charles, was working as a coal miner. The younger children were all at school. By 1901 the family had moved to Crumlin and were living at 27 Glen View Terrace. All five children were still living with Alfred and Rhoda. At the age of sixty Alfred was still working underground as a coal miner as were his three sons Charles (28), Thomas (24), and William (16). Amelia (22) was working as a dressmaker. In addition to cooking and cleaning for her family, Rhoda also had to make provision for a lodger George Gough. The 1911 Census shows Thomas as the head of the family, his father Alfred having died on 26th May 1901 leaving an estate of £135 5s to his widow Rhoda. Although Charles had left, the remaining four children were still at home. Thomas, Amelia and William were still single aged 35, 32 and 25. Only Ada was married, her husband was not recorded in the census but her six year old son Charles was. Maud Bright (cousin) and William Morgan (boarder) were also resident in the house. Military William Curnuck enlisted in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve on 25th February 1915. His service number was WALES Z/431 When he joined up he was described as 5’ 3” tall with a 35” chest. He was of fair complexion with dark hair and grey eyes and had the letter “C” tattooed on his left forearm. The Royal Naval Division was formed in August 1914 from naval reserve forces when warships of the fleet were fully crewed. The tradition of naval personnel serving on land had been long established and a shortfall in infantry divisions in the army led to the formation of the RND to supplement the army. The RND was retained under Admiralty control even though they were fighting on land alongside the army. Reserve personnel from the Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Fleet Reserve and the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve with a brigade of Marines were assembled at Crystal Palace to form the RND. After initially being based at Crystal Palace, William Curnuck was transferred on 10/07/15 to the 5th Battalion RND based at Blandford. From there he was transferred to the 3rd Reserve Battalion RND on 18/04/16 and then to the 2nd (Hawke) Battalion on 10/05/1916. The 2nd (Hawke) Battalion formed part of the 1st (Royal Naval) Brigade but the brigade was broken up on 2nd July 1916 and the men allocated to other units. This meant that William was on the move again – this time to the 4th Reserve Battalion RND. He was eventually discharged from the RND and transferred to the 13th Labour Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment on 25th September 1916. His new service number was 31584, 5 other men transferred from the RND to the 13th Royal Berkshire Regiment on the same day - 31586 J Cotton 31587 M Brown 31588 J Thomas 31589 F Harvey 31590 J McIntyre. Although he was only transferred from the RND to the 13th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment on 25/9/1916, William was soon on the move again when he (and the men mentioned above) were transferred to the 7th Battalion destined for Salonika. This may have been because the majority of the 13th Battalion had already departed for France on 19/9/1916 possibly leaving them stranded. Pte. Curnuck died of wounds on 26th April 1917, his wounds were probably inflicted on 24th April when he was in action in the vicinity of Doiran Lake. Originally buried at Kalinova Military Cemetery - Plot 4 Row G Grave 7

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