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25053   Private Francis Curran
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 13/02/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 05/04/1896
Died: 05/07/1916 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 20
Summary      
Francis Curran was the son of James and Eliza Jane Curran. Francis was born on 5th April 1896 in the Shankill area of Belfast. James Curran was a tailor. Frank Curran was employed as an apprentice tailor in Mr R Kerr’s Georges Street, Dungannon. Frank Curran enlisted in Belfast. Private Francis Curran was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died of wounds in France on 5th July 1916. He was 20 years old.
Further Information
Francis Curran was the eldest son of James and Eliza Jane Curran. James Curran and Jane Ard were married on 10th March 1893 in Belfast.
Francis was born on 5th April 1896 in the Shankill area of Belfast. He was the second of at least five children.
Known family: James Curran, Jane Curran, Elizabeth Curran (born 23rd February 1894), Francis Curran (born 5th April 1896), William Curran (born 21st May 1897), George Curran (born 28th November 1898), Edith Curran (born 18th December 1900).
The 1901 lists Frank as age 5 living with the family at house 5 in Victoria Gardens, Clifton Ward, Belfast, Antrim. James Curran was a tailor.
The 1911 census lists Frank as age 15 living with the Orr family at house 6 in Mullaghconor Glebe, Donaghmore, Tyrone. Frank Curran is listed as an orphan.
Frank Curran was employed as an apprentice tailor in Mr R Kerr's Georges Street, Dungannon.
Georges Street, Dungannon
Frank Curran enlisted in Belfast.
Medal card
Private Francis Curran was serving with the 9th battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died of wounds in France on 5th July 1916. He was 20 years old.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 3rd August 1916:
Intimation has been received that Private Frank Curran of the Ulster Division (who was formerly employed as an apprentice tailor in Mr R Kerr's Georges Street, Dungannon), had been killed in action on 6th July.
Private Francis Curran is buried in Sainte Marie Cemetery in Le Havre, France. His inscription reads: THE COMBAT'S O'ER
Private Francis Curran is commemorated locally on Dungannon War Memorial.
The CWGC record Private Curran as the son of James and Eliza Jane Curran, of 3 Pim Street, Antrim Road, Belfast.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Mullaghconor Glebe Donaghmore Census listing in Mullaghconor Glebe 54.509846 -6.800244
2 Georges Street Dungannon Central Worked at Georges Street 54.502888 -6.772870
GRONI References
TYPE - B:Birth M:Marriage D:Death | GRONI | SIBLING: brother or sister | NOTES: spelling inconsistencies, etc.
Date Type Surname First name Relationship GRONI Ref Notes
10/03/1893 M Ard Jane Parent M/1893/B1/500/4/95
10/03/1893 M Curran James Parent M/1893/B1/500/4/95
23/02/1894 B Curran Elizabeth Sibling U/1894/49/1007/87/3
05/04/1896 B Curran Francis Casualty U/1896/49/1007/93/184
21/05/1897 B Curran William Sibling U/1897/49/1007/97/39
28/11/1898 B Curran George Sibling U/1898/49/1007/101/443
18/12/1900 B Curran Edith Sibling U/1901/48/1007/80/327
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Curran family Lists Frank as age 5 living with the family at house 5 in Victoria Gardens, Clifton Ward, Belfast, Antrim
2 1911 Census lists Frank Curran Lists Frank as age 15 living with the Orr family at house 6 in Mullaghconor Glebe, Donaghmore, Tyrone.
3 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
4 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Francis Curran's gravestone can be purchased here
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