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Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Curran, Herbert


Private Herbert Curran

was born in Shankill, Co. Antrim on 20th August 1894.

He was the son of Miles Curran and Edith Curran of 9 Myrtlefield Park, Belfast.  

The family were members of Elmwood Presbyterian Church.  

In 1901 they were living in house 64, North Parade, Belfast.  The family consisted of:

Miles Curran 42
Edith Curran 38

Harold T Curran 11
Edith 10
William Curran 8 - Royal Fusiliers (Service Number 8034)
Herbert Curran 6 - Royal Fusiliers (Service Number 2101)
May Curran 3
Lancelot Ernest 2 - RFC / RAF (Service Number 75518) - see section below

By 1911, they had moved to house 29, College Gardens, Belfast.  

On 1st May 1912, Curran joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  Transfers followed to Shaftesbury Square (1912) and Head Office (1913). 
On 2nd December 1914, he volunteered and enlisted into the 24th (2nd Sportsman’s) Bn. Royal Fusiliers (City of London) as a Private with Service Number 2101. 

Curran was aged 21 when he was killed in action on 7th May 1916.  His battalion were in trenches in the vicinity of Fosse 10, Sains-en-Gohelle, when a shell hit a bombproof shelter, killing four men, including Herbert.

He is buried in the Tranchee de Mecknes Cemetery, Aix-Noulette., Pas de Calais, France. 

Curran is also remembered on the Elmwood Presbyterian Church, Belfast War Memorial.  This was only found in the Elmwood Presbyterian Churh, Lisburn after 30 years in a cupboard.

He was awarded the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal. 
Administration with the Will was granted at Belfast to Miles Curran, Secretary.  Curran's effects were £196 5s 4d.

On ‘Ulster Day’, Saturday, 28th September 1912, William Curran (an older brother) signed the Ulster Covenant at the Old Town Hall, Belfast.

Major Sir Lancelot Ernest Curran

Lancelot was the youngest son of Miles Curran and Edith Curran,  Born in 1899, Lancelot was to enlist in the RFC around 1916 / 1917.  

Following demobilisation from the army as a Major, Lancelot was to take up the legal profession and politics.  He was at various times, a High Court Judge, an MP (at Stormont). the Attorney General for NI and a Privy Councillor. from 1957 until his death in 1984.

Lancelot married Doris and they had 3 children including a daughter called Patricia.  Sadly Patricia was to have been murdered in 1952 in what has become one of Northern Ireland's notorious and as yet unsolved crimes.  There have been many news reports on the case.  This is one from the Belfast Telegraph for reference.

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