William Curzon (1880–1931)


Royal Garrison Artillery 206257  

Photos courtesy Michelle Curzon

William Curzon in WW1

William, the son of William and Harriett Curzon, married Sarah Brocklehurst in 1903, moving from Crich to Longway Bank, Whatstandwell. He was employed at Lea Mills and was called- up in Feb 1918, aged thirty-eight. Little is known of his war service other than he spent some time in a VAD hospital at Charnwood, Leics. As with other Lea Mills employees serving in the forces, he received food parcels from Austin's of Derby and clothing parcels from Lea Mills – courtesy its managing director J. B. Marsden-Smedley. After demob, the family remained at Longway Bank, living on Blundestone Lane.

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.

William Curzon

Studio photograph


1901: Bullin Lane, Crich

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

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1911: Longwaybank, Whatstandwell

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

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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]