Frederick Sidney Curtis

Census Address: 14 Priory Road
Place of Birth: Carnforth, Lancashire
Date of Birth: 1897
Enlistment Address: --
Regiment: --
Service Numbers: --
Place of Death: Peterborough
Date Died: 1982
14 Priory Road

In 1911 Frederick, younger brother of Albert, was 14 years old. He was born in Carnforth in Lancashire. His father and eldest brother Alfred were oil engine fitters in an agricultural engineering company . Frederick was a GPO Telegraph messenger. In 1911 they lived at 14 Priory Road Stamford. They had moved from 64 Nun Street , Derby the earlier known address of 1901. Here father was a cycle fitter and mother a fried fish purveyor working from home.

No information of military service has been found.

In 1918 he married Alice Abbot in Peterborough. Their children were also born in the Peterborough area . He died at the age of 85 in Peterborough.

After living in Stamford, most of the family appears to have settled in Peterborough.

Footnote : Alfred & Frederick’s cousin, Louis Willyama Avery, whose father Louis Henry Mayers Avery, had emigrated to Australia in 1888, served in the Australian Forces in Europe gaining the Military Medal:

Military Medal
‘During the operations east of YPRES on 4th/5th October, 1917 Cpl. AVERY was engaged in the construction of a communication trench between two strong points. When his Section Officer was wounded he assumed charge of the work and by his masterly handling of the men ensured the best results possible. By his courage and devotion to duty he set a splendid example to those under him.’
Source: ‘Commonwealth Gazette’ No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

CURTIS FAMILY : Between 1897 and 1901 in this branch of the family the surname CURTIS had replaced the original family name AVERY. The reason why this happened remains a mystery. No records have been found.