No.3286 Private Owen Curle
Owen was born in Taunton, Somerset, England on the 20 August 1896 to James Grinter and Sarah Ann Curle (nee Hill). He had one brother Harry/Henry and two sisters, Hilda and Alma May.
From a note in Owen’s army records it appears that his mother died in 1913 in Somerset and both his older sister Hilda and his father travelled with Owen to Australia from England, between 1912 to 1914. It is not known where they stayed in Australia and records indicate that it may have been Dolorales Tasmania. Hilda appears to be living in South Australia at the time of Owen’s enlistment and Owen’s address at enlistment is at Little River in Geelong.
Owen enlisted into the Army at South Melbourne, Victoria on the 10 December 1917. He was aged 20 years and 1 month and he was 5 feet and three and a half inches. Owen weighed 120 pounds and had a chest measurement of thirty two to thirty three and a half inches. His complexion was listed as medium, with brown eyes and dark brown hair. His next of kin is listed as his brother, Harry Curle of North Street, Martock Somersetshire England. All of this was recorded at the time of his enlistment.
His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1917 and they arrived in Southampton England 14 February 1918. Owen proceeded overseas to France on the 26 May 1918. He was with the 38th Battalion and was a Private. On the 9 August 1918, Owen was killed in action, in the field in France. There is no known grave for Owen, however there is a memorial for him at the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France.
Medals and Entitlements
[received by his older brother Henry Curle in Somerset England]
- British War Medal
- Victory Medal
- Memorial Scroll - 29 June 1922
- Memorial Plaque - 3 December 1923