Arthur William Harry Curzon (c.1883‒1917), Private (325644) in the 1st/1st Battalion the Cambridgeshire Regiment, was killed in action on 8 July 1917, aged 34, and is buried in the Brandhoek Military Cemetery in Belgium, as well as memorialized on this family grave and on the war memorial at the Cambridge University Press. He is also commemorated at Holy Trinity Church, Cambridge and the Cambridge Guildhall together with his brother Frederick Barton Curzon.

Arthur junior was born in about 1883 in Cambridge. He was one of six children born to Arthur George Curzon and Sarah Elizabeth Curzon (née Barton**) Arthur followed in his father’s footsteps and became a printer’s reader. He was employed by the Cambridge University Press. In his spare time he founded the 1st Cambridgeshire Sea Scouts and received a letter from the leader of the movement, Robert Baden-Powell. He enlisted in Cambridge as Private (2315) in the Cambridgeshire Regiment before becoming Private (325644) in the 1st/1st Battalion the Cambridgeshire Regiment.

A letter written from the front lines to one of his scouts in 1915 describing conditions on the Western front is below.

Arthur Curzon letter home (1915)

Arthur was killed in action on 8 July 1917 in Belgium. He was entitled to the Victory medal and British War medal.
Arthur Curzon obituary
Arthur Curzon memorial service

(** Cousins! — Sarah Elizabeth Barton was the sister of Susan Barton, who was the mother of Leonard Bevan and Sidney Bevan, both of whom were killed in the Second World War. Thus the Curzon brothers and the Bevan brothers were cousins.)

 

Curzon grave
Curzon grave

 

 

Lat Lon : 52.201815, 0.13803325 – click here for location

Parish : Holy Trinity

See family grave page for more information

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:
War Graves Photographic Project
www.ancestry.co.uk
www.forces-war-records.co.uk
Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837 – 1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837 – 1915
London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754 – 1921
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837 – 1915
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916 – 2007
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858 – 1966
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914 – 1919
Web: International, Find a Grave Index

By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent

Arthur William Harry Curzon