CURTIN, Francis Michael
(Service number 85814)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 22 September 1889 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date 1 May 1918 Age 28 years
Address at Enlistment 124 Sherborne Street, Christchurch
Occupation Painter
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married. One child.
Next of Kin Mrs S. CURTIN (wife) 124 Sherborne Street, St Albans, Christchurch
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Medical Corps
Unit, Squadron, or Ship
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With New Zealand Medical Corps

Military Awards

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Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

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Liberation Date


Date 15 October 1919 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



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

Biographical Notes

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 ( [25 August 2020]

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