|Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)||3209 & 200905||1/5th Battalion
He was one of five serving Curzon brothers. Alfred was born on 28th July 1884 and was a gritstone quarryman before he joined the Sherwood Foresters. He entered France in March 1915 and was killed in action, aged thirty-two, at Gommecourt on 1 July 1916: the first day of the Battle of the Somme. At first he was reported as ‘missing’, then perhaps a prisoner of war, before confirmation that he had been killed. He has no known grave, though is listed on the Thiepval Memorial, France, and on the war memorial at Crich.
Medal Index Record
Awarded Victory, British War and 15 Star Medals.
Entered France 1 March 1915.
Died 1 July 1916.
Derbyshire Courier, 25 August 1917
For a considerable time there have been doubts concerning the fate of Private Alfred Curzon, Sherwood Forester's, of Crich, and, and although no news had been received regarding him since July of last year, it was thought he might possibly have been wounded and taken prisoner. A letter from the British Red Cross enquiry Department for wounded and missing appears to confirm the worst fears regarding his fate. The letter received last weekend by a relative states that his battalion went over the top on 1 July to attack, Gommecourt. The fighting was very violent, and German shells and bombs were falling fast between the lines all that day and even at night.
|Regiment/Service||Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)|
|Date of Death||01/07/16|
|Casualty type||Commonwealth War Dead|
|Grave/Memorial Reference||Pier and Face 10 C 10 D and 11 A.|
Soldiers' Effects Book
Alfred Curzon; 1/5th Bn Notts & Derby; Private 3209; died 1.7.16 on or since; War Gratuity £7 10s 0d; paid out to:
14.1.18 mother Hannah £1 11s 8d
14.1.18 brother George £1 11s 7d
14.1.18 sister Mary £1 11s 7d
14.1.18 brother Samuel (cancelled 9.4.18 at request of brother Frank)
22.2.18 sister Mary £1 11s 7d
23.3.18 brother Frederick £1 11s 7d
11.5.18 brother Walter £1.11.7d
24.4.20 brother Samuel £1 11s 7d
28.3.20 Mrs [unreadable] 10s 0d
1891: Chadwicknick Lane, Crich
|John||Curzon||Head||41||General labourer||South Wingfield|
RG12 piece 2747 folio 5 page 4
RG13 piece 3231 folio 44 page 7
RG14PN20984 RG78PN1251 RD436 SD4 ED13 SN103