William Curzon (1880–1931)


Royal Garrison Artillery 206257  

Photos courtesy Michelle Curzon

William Curzon


William joined the army in February 1918 aged thirty-eight. He was Crich-born, the son of William and Harriett Curzon. He married Sarah Brocklehurst in 1903, moving from Crich to Longway Bank, Whatstandwell. He was employed at Lea Mills and, along with all his other employees who were serving, received food and clothing parcels from its managing director J. B. Marsden-Smedley

His dog tags give his name, regiment, regimental number and religion.

William Curzon's dog tags WW1

Sometime during the war period he was in the Charnwood Forest VAD hospital.

Chrnwood Forest VAD Hospital

Charnwood Forest VAD Hospital

William Curzon in VAD Hospital

William Curzon, standing, middle row third right at Charnwood VAD Hospital

William was stationed at the Puckpool Battery on the Isle of Wight.

Postcard from William Curzon WW1

Postcard from William to his wife with very formal signature.

1939 Register: Blunstone Lane, Wirksworth
Sarah Curzon b.23 February 1883
Rhoda Curzon b.27 March 1908; domestic servant
Mabel Curzon b.16 August 1914; general packer, hair products
Maurice Curzon b.15 may 1920; half hose trimmer

[William's family in 1939, he had died in 1931]


1901: Bullin Lane, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Curzon Head 62 Roadman Crich
Harriett   wife 59   Crich
Joseph   son 22 Turner of wires Crich
William   son 21 Quarryman Crich
Elizth.   daughter 14 Machine minder, hosiery mill Crich
Salama   daughter 12   Crich
Ellis   son 9   Crich

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1911: Longwaybank, Whatstandwell

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Curzon Head 31 Roadman Crich
Sarah   wife 28   Longwaybank
William   son 7   Longwaybank
Gladys   daughter 5   Alderwasley
Rodha   daughter 3   Longwaybank
Norah   daughter 8 mo   Longwaybank

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