Ipswich War Memorial



Born: 1898, Ipswich.

Death accepted: 25th March 1918; age 20.

Residence: Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

Rank: Private: Service Number: 119026

Regiment: Machine Gun Corps, 8th Coy (Infantry).

Formerly 60252, Royal West Surrey Regiment.

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:

Panel 90 to 93.

Pozieres Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Walter John & Sarah Ann Curtis, of 18, Levington Road, Ipswich.






1901   131, Rose Hill Road, Ipswich.


Frederick was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Walter John Curtis, 43, an Iron Turner Agricultural, born Ipswich.

Sarah Ann Curtis (nee Elliston), 39, born Ipswich.

Walter Henry Curtis, 17, a Brass Turner Agricultural, born Ipswich.

Frank William Curtis, 16, a Carpenter, born Ipswich.

George Alexander Curtis, 14, an Errand Boy, born Ipswich.

Percy James Curtis, 11, born Ipswich.

Daisy Eva Curtis, 8, born Ipswich.

Stanley Charles Curtis, 5, born Ipswich.


1911   East Suffolk & Ipswich Hospital, Angelsea Road, Ipswich.


Frederick was 13 years and a Patient.

Frederick is also remembered on the Orwell Works Memorial Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Ipswich.ST. BARTHOLOMEW’S CHURCH WAR MEMORIAL, Ipswich.


The Machine Gun Corps was formed in October 1915 as the machine gun proved to be held affective as infantry support in trench warfare. Cavalry and Motor branches, followed in 1916 by the Heavy Branch. A depot and training centre was established at Belton Park in Grantham Lincolnshire also a training base depot at Camiers in France .the men were trained to a higher technical standard, capable of stripping down and mending the guns in the field.

The Machine Gun Corps had 62,049 casualties, including 12,498 killed out of 170,500 officers and men earning it the nickname ’the Suicide Club’ manly as machine guns were static or fix positions becoming prime targets for the enemy.

Machine Gun Corps, 8th Coy (Infantry)

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