Lieutenant-General Arthur William, Sir Currie

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

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.

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