Birth date: 9 January 1893
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Kangaroo Flat
Death date: 5 August 1916
Death place: France: Picardie, Somme, Pozieres
Final rank: Captain
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 22nd Australian Infantry Battalion

Herbert Franklin Curnow was born at Kangaroo Flat Victoria on 9 January 1893 to parents Herbert and Janet. A clerk by trade, he enlisted in Melbourne on 30 April 1915 at the age of 22. Curnow departed Melbourne as a second lieutenant with the 22nd Infantry Battalion on 10 May 1915.

Curnow served at Gallipoli with the 22nd Infantry Battalion and during the course of 1915 was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and then captain. He was evacuated in early December 1915 due to a septic hand injury. Curnow later re-joined his unit and was sent to the Western Front during March 1916. Herbert Curnow was 23 years old when he was killed in action at Pozieres on 5 August 1916 and he is buried at Courcelette British Cemetery, France.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Captain
  • Date of Death: 5 August 1916
  • Unit: 22nd Australian Infantry Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Date of embarkation: 10 May 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne



Studio portrait of Lieutenant (later Captain) Herbert Franklin Curnow, 22nd Battalion, of South Melbourne, Vic (originally of Bendigo, Vic). Prior to enlistment he was a Records Clerk in the Department of Defence. Captain Curnow embarked with the 22nd Battalion on board HMAT Ulysses on 10 May 1915....



Portrait of Lieutenant Curnow, 22nd Company. Believed to be Lt Herbert Franklin Curnow, 22nd Battalion. This is one of a series of photographs taken by the Darge Photographic Company which had the concession to take photographs at the Broadmeadows and Seymour army camps during the First World War....



Gallipoli, Turkey. 1915. Captain H.F. Curnow of the 22nd Battalion, AIF, sighting a rifle through an aperture in a front line trench.


Private Record

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

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... Maker: Curnow, Herbert Franklin

1DRL/0229 (With records)

Kellaway, Frank Gerald, MC (Lieutenant, b.1895 - d.1917)

Collection relating to the service of Lieutenant Frank Gerald Kellaway, MC, 22 Battalion AIF, Gallipoli, Egypt, France, Egypt, 1915-1916. Collection consists principally of around 70 letters written by Kellaway to family members in Australia, and Kellaway's personal diary for the period August... Maker: Kellaway, Frank Gerald


Digitised Collection

Letters from Herbert Franklin Curnow to Frank Cummings, 1915-1916

Letters relating to the First World War service of Captain Herbert Franklin Curnow, 22nd Battalion. The letters were written by Herbert Curnow to his friend and former colleague in the Department of Defence Records Section, Mr Frank Cummings between 21 April 1915 and 24 March 1916. In the...



Date of birth 1893-01-09
Date of embarkation 1915-05-10
Date of death 1916-08-05