Albert Edward Curtis


Albert Edward Curtis

forces.

Details

He was 34 years old, and a private in the 2nd Battalion, The East Surrey Regiment, British Army during the South African War (Boer War) when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 23 February 1900 at Onderbank Spruit, South Africa, a colonel lay all day in an open space under close fire from the enemy who fired on any man that moved. The colonel was wounded eight or nine times. Private Curtis after several attempts, managed to reach him, bound his wounds and gave him his own flask, all under heavy fire. He then, with the assistance of another man, tried to move the wounded officer who, fearing that both men would be killed, told them to leave him. This they refused to do, and eventually managed to carry him to safety.

Further information

He later achieved the rank of sergeant. He died on 18 March 1940

References

*Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
*The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
*Victoria Crosses of the Anglo-Boer War (Ian Uys, 2000)

External links

* [http://www2.prestel.co.uk/stewart/bbcurtis.htm News Item] "(headstone erected over a previously unmarked grave)"
* [http://www.homeusers.prestel.co.uk/stewart/hertford.htm Location of grave and VC medal] "(Hertfordshire)"
* [http://www.homeusers.prestel.co.uk/stewart/aaauctio.htm VC medal auction details]
* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=9733720 Find-A-Grave profile for Albert Edward Curtis]


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