CURTIN, Francis Michael
(Service number 85814)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||22 September 1889||Place of Birth||Waimate|
|Date||1 May 1918||Age||28 years|
|Address at Enlistment||124 Sherborne Street, Christchurch|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Marital Status||Married. One child.|
|Next of Kin||Mrs S. CURTIN (wife) 124 Sherborne Street, St Albans, Christchurch|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Medical Corps|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||New Zealand Medical Corps|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||15 October 1919||Reason|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||21 February 1962||Age||72 years|
|Place of Death||Timaru|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Timaru Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||General Area, Row 59, Plot 1536|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Francis Michael Curtin was born on 22 September 1889 at Waimate, the fifth son of Irish parents, Michael and Annie (née Dougherty) Curtin. He was baptised Roman Catholic a week later, on 29 September at Waimate. His parents lived in Timaru Waimate and Dunedin, his father working for the railways. Michael Curtin, senior, died in January 1911 at Timaru Hospital, after a very brief illness. Francis married Sophia Adam on 28 April 1915 at Dunedin, and their only child, Victor Simpson Curtin was born in Christchurch. He was a painter, living in Christchurch, when he was called up and enlisted on 1 May 1918. He did not see any war service and was granted leave on 7 July 1919.
Two brothers were called up – William Joseph, who enlisted, and Patrick. Francis died on 24 February 1962 at Timaru, aged 72 years. Sophia lived on for nearly twelve more years. In July 1935 his mother was reported to be desperately ill in Timaru. Annie had returned to Timaru some years after her husband’s death and, dying at her daughter’s residence at Pareora in July 1935, was buried with Michael at Timaru. The youngest son had died at Timaru in infancy; daughter Annie died in 1918 while her husband was on service in France; and son Michael died in 1927.
NZBDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [25 August 2020]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [25 August 2020]; NZ Electoral Rolls (ancestry.com.au) [25 August 2020]
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