John Curran

First Name: 
John
Last Name: 
Curran
Mother's Name: 
Dorothy Dodds (nee Bartram)
Father's Name: 
John Curran
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, September 14, 1914
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
3rd Battalion
Company: 
A Company
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Place of Death: 
Lone Pine, Gallipoli
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

John Curran was born in Lambton, N.S.W. around 1887.  His father died in Corrimal, N.S.W. in 1897 and his mother subsequently remarried.

At enlistment John was single, 27 years old, worked as a miner and lived at Austinmer, N.S.W. with his mother.

John was posted to 13th Battalion (Service No 716) and due to embark on 22nd December 1914 but for some reason did not.  He was listed as a deserter but later notes on his file approve continuous service from 1914.

He re-enlisted on 7th January 1915 (Service No 2457) and embarked on HMAT A48 Seang Bee with 2nd Reinforcements, 3rd Battalion on 11th February 1915.  John was ashore on the beach by 8:30am on 25th April but was wounded soon after.  He was evacuated to hospital in Cairo for treatment of a gun shot wound to his left hand.

John was back on Gallipoli on 4th August and in the battle for Lone Pine where between 6th and 12th August he was killed.

There is no known grave for John; he is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial and the Austinmer War Memorial.

His brother Frank (Service No 4498) also served.

Service No 1457 also appears on John's papers, but seems to be a transcription error.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, CURRAN J

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