Curnow, Herbert Franklin (Captain, b.1893 - d.1916)

Unit 22nd Australian Infantry Battalion
Places
Accession Number 1DRL/0229
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Letters
Maker Curnow, Herbert Franklin
Place made At sea, Australia, Egypt, Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Date made 1915-1916
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM93 12/11/110
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition
Description

Collection relating to Captain Herbert Franklin Curnow, 22 Battalion, Gallipoli and France, 1915-1916. Collection consists of five letters written by Curnow to his friend and former colleague in the Department of Defence Records Section, Mr Frank Cummings. The letters cover topics such as: the issue of uniforms; fundraising for sports; battalion strength; deaths on board HMAT Ulysses; the journey from Alexandria to Cairo and his work gathering up men from the bars, cafes and brothels so that they are not listed as absent; the policy of taking prisoners on Gallipoli; the progress of the war; the defence work done in Egypt; colleagues and friends; the painting of his portrait by Pte Crozier on a cigar box lid; routine duties; style of warfare; scarcity of writing paper; the voyage to France. Also included is one telegram reporting on the Northern Russian Forces in Wilna and progress of the war elsewhere.

History / Summary

Biographical note: Captain, 22nd Bn. Killed in action at Pozieres, 5 August 1916. Public servant (Clerk, Dept of Defence Records Department); formerly a State School teacher; of Bendigo, VIC; born Kangaroo Flat, VIC; educated at Kangaroo Flat State School and Bendigo Continuation School; age at time of death, 23 years 7 months. Had been a volunteer in the militia infantry, having risen from Private to Colour Sergeant in 3 years and then commissioned. Attended Duntroon Military College.