Private William Edgar Curnuck

Unit/Regiment Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment)
Battalion 7th Service Number 31584
Theatre of War first served in   Date of entry therein  
Age at Death 31 Date of Death 26/04/1917
Burial/Memorial Reference Karasouli Military Cemetery E. 1084.
Originally buried at Kalinova Military Cemetery - Plot 4 Row G Grave 7
CWGC Family Details Son of Alfred and Rhoda Curnuck, of Crumlin, New Port, Mon.
Family & Census Details William Edgar Curnuck was born on 27th March 1885, the fifth child of Alfred and Rhoda Curnuck, his elder siblings were Charles, Thomas, Amelia and Ada. None of the family could speak Welsh.

In 1891 the family were living at 37 Mill House, Mynydd Maen, William’s father, Alfred, was working as a colliery roadman and his eldest brother, Charles, was working as a coal miner. The younger children were all at school.

By 1901 the family had moved to Crumlin and were living at 27 Glen View Terrace. All five children were still living with Alfred and Rhoda. At the age of sixty Alfred was still working underground as a coal miner as were his three sons Charles (28), Thomas (24), and William (16). Amelia (22) was working as a dressmaker. In addition to cooking and cleaning for her family, Rhoda also had to make provision for a lodger George Gough.

The 1911 Census shows Thomas as the head of the family, his father Alfred having died on 26th May 1901 leaving an estate of £135 5s to his widow Rhoda.Although Charles had left, the remaining four children were still at home. Thomas, Amelia and William were still single aged 35, 32 and 25. Only Ada was married, her husband was not recorded in the census but her six year old son Charles was. Maud Bright (cousin) and William Morgan (boarder) were also resident in the house.
SDGW – Where Born Crumlin, Mon.
Enlisted Cosham, Hants Resided Crumlin, Mon.
How Died Died of Wounds Theatre of War Balkan Theatre
Medal Entitlement British War Medal

Victory Medal
Notes Commemorated on the Tabernacle Church Roll of Honour
Previously WALES Z/431 Royal Naval Division 2nd (Hawke) Battalion
Images Photo in Royal Naval Division (1) - Courtesy of Alan Pitcher
Photo in Royal Naval Division (2) - Courtesy of Alan Pitcher
Letter from Platoon Sergeant to family - Courtesy of Alan Pitcher
Letter confirming original burial location - Courtesy of Alan Pitcher
William Curnuck's "Widows Penny" - Courtesy of Alan Pitcher
William Curnuck's British War Medal - Courtesy of Alan Pitcher
Newbridge War Memorial - Civic commemoration
Crumlin War Memorial - Civic commemoration
Tabernacle Church - Roll of Service
Medal Card - WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
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