Photographs and additional information courtesy of Julie Bamford.

Born: 1902, Winston, Suffolk.

Died: 27th May 1940; age: 38; KiA at Saint-Sylvestre-Cappel.

Residence: 512, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.


Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 1061463.

Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery, 5 Regiment.


George is buried near the road to Dunkirk in France.  He was killed during the Battle of  Dunkirk, as part of the BEF holding back the German forces as they crossed the Belgium border into France, in an effort to gain time to allow the allied forces to escape the French coast ports.


Grave Reference:

Collective Grave 10.

St. Syvestre-Cappel New Cemetery,





1911   The Green, Winston, Suffolk.

George was 9 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Henry Harry Curtis, 35, a Horseman on Farm, born Winston, Suffolk.

Hannah Curtis (nee Pallant), 34, born Debenham, Suffolk.

Lily Beatrice Curtis, 7, born Winston.

Harry Curtis, 6, born Winston.

Jack Curtis, 4, born Winston.

William Curtis, 3, born Winston.


George’s father, Henry Harry Curtis died in 1928, Winston, Suffolk.

George Christmas 1926 India.

In 1932, Bosmere, Suffolk, George married Lily Edna Smith, born September 1901, Debenham, Suffolk.

Lily Edna Pallant

Lily and George had 4 daughters;

Doris Amy Ellen Pallant, born November 1934, Ipswich.

Patricia Ann Pallant, born August 1938, Ipswich.

Edna Rose Pallant, born August 1938, Ipswich.

Beryl Margaret Pallant, born August 1940, Ipswich.



George’s wife, Lily and their 3 daughters were living at their family home – 512, Wherstead Road, Ipswich. Lily’s widowed father and sister were also living at their home.

Lily, unpaid Domestic Duties.




Benjamin Smith, a retired Butcher, born February 1863, Debenham.

Edith M. Smith, incapacitated, born October 1899, Debenham.


The photograph was taken in 1942

Doris is tallest at the rear, Patricia left, and Edna right.

Beryl centre.


  • One of the of those who gave their lives, so we can live our lives today.
    Thank you Sir.
    Barry 2018

  • My Uncle Jack Foster is buried in the same churchyard as George and many others. Visited there in 1990 with my mum. A very peaceful resting place. Brave men. RIP.

    • My great uncle Thomas Arbon is buried here, one day we will go and pay our respects to him and his fellow brave men.


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