CURTIS Asa

Asa CURTIS

Curtis

Asa was the eldest son of John and Millicent Annie Curtis, he had eight siblings, five sisters, three brothers.  The family census returns record that in 1891 John and Millicent Annie lived at Broomfield Street and at that time had five children Elizabeth, Laura, Asa, Sam and Harry.

The 1901 census records an Ann Curtis recorded as a widow living in Thornton Parish with children Laura, Asa, Sam, Millicent and Willie.  On the 6th January 1908 Millicent Annie married Alfred Mitchell at Queensbury Parish Church.

1911 shows Alfred and Millicent Annie Mitchell living at 6 Hayden Place with Elizabeth (who is recorded as married for 10 years) Laura, Asa, Sam, Millicent, Willie and also Clara and Annie who are both aged 8, Annie is recorded as a granddaughter and will be the daughter of Elizabeth, it is believed that Clara should also be recorded as granddaughter and that the girls were twins.

Asa was a coal miner in 1911, as was his brother Sam.  On 1st June 1912 Asa married Jane Woolcock, Jane lived at Napier Street and was a worsted twister, they married at Queensbury Parish Church.

Asa served in the 1st/6th Battalion. West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) he was aged 30 when he was killed in action on 14th July 1916.  Asa is commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL (Pier and Face 2 A 2 C and 2 D)

On 9th July the battalion left their dugouts near to Aveluy and relieved the 1st/7th Battalion. West Yorkshire Regiment in the Leipzig Salient, which they were ordered to hold at all cost.  Over the next few days they came under enemy bombardment and on 12th July they repulsed an enemy attack.

Overnight, on the 12th they were relieved by the 1st/7th Bn. and moved back into dugouts near to Authuille.  On the 13th and 14th July they were subjected to shelling before moving back into the Salient at 16:00hrs.  At 04:00hrs on the 15th July the enemy attacked with bombers and liquid fire, they were driven off with some loss to themselves.  The battalion casualties were 2 Officers killed, 2 wounded with 10 other ranks killed and 40 wounded.

It is unknown if Asa was killed by the shelling on the 14th July (his recorded date of death) or in the early morning attack on the 15th July.

The CWGC show that Asa was the husband of Jane Hannah Rawnsley (formerly Curtis), of 15, Sandbeds, Queensbury.  Jane married George Rawnsley at Queensbury Parish Church on 30th August 1920.  The residence at the time of marriage for both was 6 Hayden Place.