113 - SGT. T. B. STARK - N.,O.,B.,SA01
179 - PTE. E. B. CONGDON - N.,O.,B., SA01
245 - SGT. W. E. READ - BARS MISSING
350 - PTE. P. E. SIMPSON - N., O., B., SA01, SA02
387 - SGT. F. E. CURTIS - N., O., B.
397 Sgt. F.E. Curtis:
Major Sir Edgar Francis Egerton Curtis, 5th Baronet Curtis, born Victoria British Columbia. Enlisted in 'C' Troop Lord Strathcona's Horse on 8th Feb 1900 aged 25. His trade noted as Rancher and his next of kin as Sir William Curtis, Shropshire, England (his Cousin). He is variously noted as Pte and Corpl on his papers, Sejt on his medal, however notes in his papers regarding promotion, state 'Reverted at own request'. He was Discharged 15th May 1901.During the First World War between 1916 and the end of the War, Major Curtis served in Egypt and Palestine. He succeeded to the title of 5th Baronet Curtis, of Cullands Grove, Middlesex on 19 December 1916, after the death of his Cousin. He was Military Governor of Hebron in 1917. His Medal Index Card confirms entitlement to just the BWM and Victory and that he was on the 'General List'. According to the family he 'served with Lawrence of Arabia's lot', however as yet, nothing has been found that can confirm this.
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QSA (3) Nat OFS Belf clasp block loose on riband (397 Sejt. F. E. Curtis, Ld. Strathcona’s H:);
BWM and VM (Major Sir E. F. E. Curtis. Bt.)
Sir Edgar Francis Egerton Curtis, Bt., was born in Victoria, British Colombia, Canada, on 18 December 1875, and was educated at Shrewsbury School. Returning to Canada, he was employed as a rancher before attesting for Lord Strathcona’s Horse at Vancouver on 8 February 1900. He served with “C” Troop in South Africa, being advanced to Sergeant, and was discharged at his own request on 15 May 1901. He subsequently served during the Great War as a Major on the General List in Egypt and Palestine, and was appointed Military Governor of Hebron in 1917. According to family tradition he ‘served with Lawrence of Arabia’s lot’, although nothing has been found that can confirm this.
Sir Francis succeeded his cousin Sir William Curtis as 5th Baronet Curtis, of Cullands Grove, Middlesex on the latter’s death on 19 December 1916. He married twice but died without issue at Wimbledon Hospital on 9 August 1943, after falling in front of a Piccadilly line train at Knightsbridge Underground Station. He was succeeded to the Baronetcy by his cousin; the title is extant.
Approximately 50 medals with the dated reverse were issued, mostly to men of Lord Strathcona’s Horse. At the time, the medals were issued without clasps, with the clasps subsequently being sent to Canada to be attached to the medals privately.
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