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Company Sergeant Major William Currie


Claro Times 20th February 1915

Photos The Currie family of Harrogate, is a notable one, no less than nine of its members serving their King and Country. There are six sons, and three sons-in-law, their photographs being given above. From left to right the names are : Private Arthur Currie, Grenadier Guards; Private A Currie, "Bantams"; Driver Donald Currie, Royal Field Artillery, Prisoner of War; Corporal W Currie, at he Front; Private Douglas Currie, Cameron Highlanders (Canadian Contingent); Private Alfred Currie, Grenadier Guards; Trooper Walter Voakes, Yorkshire Hussars; Harry Hemmingway, "Hawke", Naval Brigade (interned in Holland); and Private Tom Kendall, 8th West Yorks.


Claro Times 20th February 1915

Five sons of Mrs Currie, 5 Denmark Terrace, Harrogate, are on active service, and the sixth is a scout who is doing duty in connection with the York and Lancaster Regiment. She has also three sons-in-law with the colours. Corporal William Currie joined the army about twelve years ago, and is in the Royal Field Artillery, having been in France since the war broke out.

Privates Arthur, Alfred, and Douglas Currie have been in Canada several years, and the first two have joined the Grenadier Guards, whilst Douglas has joined the Cameron Highlanders. Alfred has already returned to England, and is on Salisbury Plain in training. The other two are undergoing training in Canada, and will be transported to England with the third Canadian Contingent. All three have followed the trade of plasterer, two being at Calgary and one at Winnipeg.

Driver Donald Currie joined the Royal Field Artillery just a year ago, and on the outbreak of war went to France with the First Expeditionary Force. He was reported missing on the 24th August, on the retirement from Mons, but it transpired later that he had been taken prisoner of war, when a body of French were taken at Maubeuge. He is now a prisoner of war at Doeberitz. Two postcards have been received from him, and he says he is all right and quite well, and has received the parcels sent to him.

Donald and William Currie formerly worked at the Post Office.

Three sons-in-law of Mrs Currie are also on active service Private T Kendall, 8th West Yorkshires, Private W Voakes, Yorkshire Hussars, and H Hemingway, of the Hawks Battalion, Naval Brigade. Voakes is well known in Harrogate as a footballer, having played for the Northern Union and the Harrogate Old Boys' Clubs. He has done good service for the Northern Union team this season, and was playing on Saturday, having got leave for this purpose.

Harry Hemingway took part in the defence of Antwerp, and was in the party who were driven across the frontier into Holland, and is there interned.


Harrogate Herald - 6th February 1918

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Company Sergeant Major W Currie, son of Mrs H Currie, of Denmark Terrace, Harrogate, has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, and is also entitled to the 1914 Star.


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