John William Curzon (1892–1918)

Lance Corporal

Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 3207 5th Batallion
Royal Warwickshire Regiment 20269  
Machine Gun Corps 136422 4th Battalion


Photos courtesy Catherine Allsop-Martin& Andrew Allsop

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The first photograph shows "Jack" Curzon before he went to France.
The second shows him on home-leave after being wounded for the third time.

Jack Curzon was the son of William and Eliza Curzon of Crich, born in 1892, a limestone quarryman. Enlisting in Oct 1914, he was wounded on three occasions. His wounds of Aug 1917 required a two-month stay in a Sheffield hospital. Returning to the Front, he was killed in action on 1st October 1918 aged twenty-seven, He is buried at the Windmill British Cemetery, at Monchy-le-Preux, France, and is listed on the war memorial at Crich.

Before the war he was a keen Crich footballer, playing for the Jovial Dutchman.

Crich Football team pre WW1

Jack Curzon, second left on front row; Jovial Dutchman fooball team pre 1914

Newspaper Reports

Derbyshire Courier, 18 March 1916
Private John Curzon, of Crich, who is attached to the 5th Sherwood's, has undergone an operation for split cartilage of the knee at the Bagthorpe Military Hospital, Nottingham. Last week his brother paid him a visit to the hospital and found him progressing faithfully after the operation

Derbyshire Courier, 15 September 1917
Information regarding Lance Cpl John Curzon's wounds was received at his home on Wednesday following the brief intimation of this admission into a base Hospital in France wounded. Writing from the Wharncliff Hall Hospital, Sheffield, Lance Cpl Curzon says that he was admitted to the Australian General Hospital, Wimereux, France on 29 August suffering from gunshot wounds. Two are at the back of the left shoulder and two in the upper part of the arm. He was transferred to Sheffield last week. In a in a letter written from here he states that he is going on splendidly. Lance Cpl Curzon who is been in France a year joined the Sherwood's and since been transferred to the Royal Warwickshires.

Derbyshire Courier , 23 February 1918
Soldiers over on leave during the week include Dispatch Rider Herbert Mercer (R.E.), who came on Sunday. He has been in France since September, nineteen fifteen, and was last on leave about ten months ago. Lance-Corporal John Curzon, of the Tors, has been over, having recently recovered from shrapnel wounds in his shoulder. Cpl Herbert Cooper, of Fritchley, another wounded soldier, came over last Friday, after spending three weeks in Southampton Hospital, suffering with trench foot. He came from the Arras front. Driver Samuel Lynam, son of Mr F.J.Lynam is another Fritchley soldier over from France. Signaller Arthur Bowmer, one of the four soldier sons of Mr and Mrs John Bowmer, of the Cross, came from France on Tuesday. Signaller Arthur Perry, Machine Gunner, Maurice Perry, and Private Charles Perry, the three fighting sons of Mr and Mrs C.Perry of the Market Place, have also been over together. The two former have been in France for about three years, never met each other. Maurice has been wounded and gassed four times.

Derbyshire Courier, 12 October 1918
Private John W Curzon, another Crich soldier, has fallen in France. The news was received by his mother at the Tors on Monday, in a letter from Lieutenant F Comery, Machine Gun Corps, who wrote: “Your son was killed by shellfire on the night of 30 September. He took part in the recent glorious advances of our Army, and always carried out his allotted tasks cheerfully and well. He was a good soldier, and it is a pity he was not spared to help us carry on the good work. He was buried in the British military cemetery at Vis en Artois, a village recently captured by our troops on the Arras-Cambrai Road". Miss Berisford of the Town End also received a letter from Private Curzons section officer Second Lieutenant Philips, who says that Private Curzon was one of the hardest workers, and always quietly volunteered for duty among the teams. He was admired by all as a man who did more than his share. Private Curzon was a popular young man in the village and was a player with the United Football Club and the Crich Silver Band. Enlisting in October 1914, he went with the first company to train at Swanwick Hayes. In August last year he was badly wounded in the arm and shoulder, and was in a Sheffield hospital two months. Private Curzon, who was 26 years of age, was associated with the Baptist Church.

Medal Index Card
Awarded Victory and British War Medals.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Initials J. W.
Nationality United Kingdom
Rank Private
Regiment/Service Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Unit 4th Bn.
Age 27
Date of Death 01/10/18
Service No 136422
Additional Information Son of William and Eliza Curzon, of The Common, Crich, Matlock.
Casualty type Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference II. H. 11.

War Graves Certificate for John William Curzon

WW1 headstone for John William Curzon

136422 Private J.W. Curzon
Machine Gun Corps (Inf)
1st October 1818 aged 27

Soldiers' Effects Book
John William Curzon; 4th Bn MGC; Private 136422; killed in action France 1.10.18; War Gratuity £19; paid out to:
15.2.19 mother Eliza £16 9s 4d
4.12.19 mother Eliza £19 0s 0d


1901: Whatstandwell

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Curzon Head 36 Foreman gritstone quarry Crich
Eliza Curzon wife 36   Crich
Avice Curzon daughter 13 Factory hand Crich
Elizabeth Curzon daughter 10   Crich
John E Curzon son 8   Crich
Ellen Curzon daughter 5   Crich
Samuel Curzon son 2   Crich
James Curzon son 10 mo   Crich

RG13 piece 3231 folio 53 page 26

1911: Longway Bank, Whatstandwell

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Eliza Curzon Head (wdw) 46   Crich
Avice Annie Curzon daughter 23 Sewing machinist hosiery Crich
Mary Elizabeth Curzon daughter 20 Hosiery mender Crich
John William Curzon son 18 Limestone quarryman Crich
Edith Ellen Curzon daughter 15 Sewing machinist hosiery Crich
James Arthur Curzon son 10 School Crich
Vera Curzon daughter 7   Crich
Olive Curzon daughter 5   Crich

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1918 Voters List, Crich
John William Curzon, Crich; absent on military service