CEF Soldier Detail

Lieutenant-General Arthur William, Sir Currie
Died: November 30, 1933

Regimental Number:
NA
Survived War:
Yes
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Corps
Battalion:
Headquarters
Company:
Place of Birth:
Adelaide Township, Middlesex County, Ontario
Country:
Canada
Next of Kin:
Lucy Sophia Currie, wife. 1114 Alston Street, Victoria, British Columbia
Address at Enlistment:
1114 Alston Street Victoria, British Columbia
Date of Birth:
December 5, 1875
Trade or Calling:
Real Estate and Insurance
Marital Status:
Married
Prior Military Experience:
Yes
Place of Enlistment:
Valcartier, Quebec
Date of Enlistment:
September 16, 1914
Age at enlistment:
38
Height:
6 Feet 2 Inches
Chest:
46 Inches
Expansion:
4 Inches
Religion:
Church of England
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Survived
Battle Died/Wounded:
Date of Death:
November 30, 1933
Age at Death:
58
Buried at:
Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal, Quebec
Plot:
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Lieutenant-General Canadian Corps Headquarters
Lieutenant-Colonel Canadian Infantry 2nd Infantry Brigade Staff
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Canadian Born Soldier Now Leading the Canadian Army

Born near Strathroy, Ontario. Grandfather's name was John Corrigan who emigrated to Canada in 1838. Became Methodists on arrival and changed name to Curry. Arthur Currie modified the spelling of last name in 1897. Married in August 1901 to Lucy Musters, daughter of an English Army Officer. He was a Freemason and Liberal.

Web site on  Currie at http://currieproject.ca

Sir Arthur Currie was the first Canadian commander of Canada's overseas forces in World War I. While Currie did not look the part of a professional soldier, he is generally thought by historians to be the best military commander that Canada has produced. Currie was given command of a battalion in the first Canadian contingent overseas in October 1914, despite his then limited experience. He advanced steadily, winning distinction at the battles of Ypres and Saint-Julien in Belgium and at the battle of Vimy Ridge in France. Within three years (in 1917) he became Lieutenant General and commander of the four divisions of the Canadian Corps, succeeding British General Sir Julian Byng. He lead the Canadian troops at Hill 70 and Passchendaele, as well as other major battles. Currie was knighted in 1918. After the war he served as inspector general of the Canadian militia and became the first full General in the Canadian Army. In 1920 he accepted the position of principal and vice chancellor of McGill University, Montreal, and retained that post until his death on 30 November 1933.

TypeDateDescription
Newspaper Extract 5/10/1915 Crucified Soldier
Newspaper Extract 12/1/1933 Death of General Sir Arthur Currie
War Diary Entry 8/31/1917 10th Battalion
War Diary Entry 11/11/1918 2nd Canadian Infantry Battalion
War Diary Entry 11/11/1918 3rd Battalion
War Diary Entry 11/11/1918 4th Battalion