Sergeant Curtis, Charles

Craig Robertson

Staff member
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Full NameCharles Herbert Curtis
NicknameCharlie / Bum
Date of Birth08.10.1919 Oxford
Date of Death09.09.1944, Urbino (Aged 24) (Grave reads age as 25)
GravesiteMontecchio War Cemetery, Italy II.B.12
Enlisted19.10.1939 Oxford
Militaryparent unit 228 AF Coy,Royal Engineers
joined PPA Feb.1943 Tebessa
PPA P Patrol
DOW at No 9 CCS,Urbino received 8.9.44 near Urbania (landmine)
MarriedCecily Eunice Ellen Attee Curtis, 384 Cowley Rd, Oxford
Further Informationarchitectural draughstman in civilian life
believed to received his nickname when he gatecrashed a Staff meeting when an American officer remarked "Get that bum out of here"
allowed to wear a US knitted peaked cap
"A short stocky fellow with an irrepressible gaiety" (Popski)
"A quiet little man with an irrepressible cheerfulness,and the most entertaining manner of turning his narrow escapes into funny stories. One of the pillars of PPA, he could not be replaced" (Popski)

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