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Allegiance  United Kingdom
Name  Albert Curtis
Awards  Victoria Cross
Other work  Yeoman Warder
Service/branch  British Army
Battles/wars  Second Boer War
Battles and wars  Second Boer War
Rank  Sergeant
Role  Armed force officer

Albert Edward Curtis
Born  6 January 1866 Guildford, Surrey (1866-01-06)
Buried at  Bells Hill Cemetery, Barnet
Commands held  The East Surrey Regiment
Died  March 18, 1940, Chipping Barnet, London Borough of Barnet, United Kingdom
Place of burial  Bell's Hill Burial Ground, London Borough of Barnet, United Kingdom, Chipping Barnet, London Borough of Barnet, United Kingdom
Similar People  George Grogan, Robert Henry Cain, Raphael Zengel, Walter Norris Congreve, James Carne

Albert Edward Curtis VC (6 January 1866 – 18 March 1940) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.



Curtis was 34 years old, and a private in the 2nd Battalion, The East Surrey Regiment, British Army during the Second Boer War when the following deed took place at Onderbank Spruit for which he was awarded the VC:

On the 23rd February, 1900, Colonel Harris lay all day long in a perfectly open space under close fire of a Boer breastwork. The Boers fired all day at any man who moved, and Colonel Harris was wounded eight or nine times. Private Curtis, after several attempts succeeded in reaching the Colonel, bound his wounded arm, and gave him his flask — all under heavy fire. He then tried to carry him away, but was unable, on which he called for assistance, and Private Morton came out at once. Fearing that the men would be killed; Colonel Harris told them to leave him, but they declined, and after trying to carry the Colonel on their rifles, they made a chair with their hands, and so carried him out of fire.

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He later achieved the rank of sergeant and served as a Yeoman Warder. He died on 18 March 1940. His medal is in the Lord Ashcroft collection

Curtis is interred at Bells Hill Burial Ground, Chipping Barnet.


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