Arthur Curtois

baptised 20 May 1852 at Leasingham, youngest son of Rev Peregrine Curtois. Educated at the King's School Grantham, where his name is carved on the same window-ledge as that of Isaac Newton, and at Oundle School. Freeman of the City of Lincoln. Of Northgate Cottage, Lincoln, in 1892; The Groves, Nettleham Road, Lincoln, in 1896; The Wolds, Pemberley Avenue, Bedford, in 1909; 52 St. Michaels Road, Bedford, in 1920. Legatee of 1400 from his father, and executor of his brother Chauncey's will in 1905. Died 4 January 1924, and is buried at Branston (Report). Estate valued at 2618 16s 11d.

Married at Great Berkhamstead, Herts., 13 January 1892, Edith, daughter of Thomas Proctor of Gaddesden Hoo and his wife Elizabeth (a report). She was born 29 October 1860 and died 6 December 1947 at 34 Kimbolton Road, Bedford. Buried at Branston.

Issue two daughters and four sons:

  1. Captain Rev. Peregrine Arthur Curtois. Born 18 January 1893 at Northgate Cottage, Lincoln, and took up his freedom of the City of Lincoln 6 April 1914. Educated at Bedford School (1903-1911) and Queens' College, Cambridge (BA 1914, MA 1919, LLB 1914). Opened the Curtois Wing of the Usher Art Gallery, Lincoln, 11 November 1959 (a report), and died 19 October 1964 at St. Helen's Hospital, Ipswich (another report), leaving an estate valued at 6446. Taught languages at Woodbridge School, Suffolk, between 1927 and 1947 (a farewell to him from the School magazine is here) and then entered the clergy. Ordained Priest 4 June 1950 at Bury St. Edmunds, by the Bishop of St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich (his licence); Rector of Rishangles (his licence) 31 October 1950; and Vicar of Bedingfield with Southolt 31 October 1951 (his licence). Legatee of 300 from Huntley Curtois in 1934, and of 250 from Mathilde Edith Curtois in 1952.

    Married Emily Mary Norman, at St John's, Ipswich, 16 August 1930 (a report). She was born 3 September 1900, daughter of Frederick Norman, was living at Balkerne Gardens, Colchester, in 1966, and died at St. Audrey's Hospital, Melton, Suffolk, 13 December 1976.

  2. Barbara Edith Curtois, born 3 February 1894 at 3 Atton Place, Lincoln, and died 19 October 1966 at the Red House Bungalow, High Street, Bletchley, Bucks. Educated at Bedford High School 1904-1912, and the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, 1920. Became a midwife, and was the matron and co-owner of the Bletchley Nursing Home from 1934. Legatee of 500 from her mother in 1947, and of 100 from Mathilde Edith Curtois in 1952.

  3. Rowland Atwill Curtois, born 24 October 1895 at 3 Atton Place, Lincoln, and died 13 March 1896. Buried at Branston.

  4. Lt-Col. John Ralph Willoughby Curtois. Born 19 May 1897 at The Grove, Lincoln, and took up his freedom of the City of Lincoln 4 January 1921. Educated at Bedford School, and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich 1914-1915. 2nd Lieutenant 22 April 1915, Lieutenant July 1917. Served in France and Flanders 22 December 1915 -11 November 1918. Military Cross presented 4 September 1918 at Buckingham Palace by George V. Served in Royal Artillery until 1938. Living with his Mother in Bedford in 1929, and at 31 Budge Row, E.C.4 in 1946. Was sole executor of his mothers will in 1948. Lived at Kingsburgh House, Uig, Isle of Skye, from 1951, and died in hospital in Inverness 27 February 1972. Legatee of 100 from Mathilde Edith Curtois in 1952.

    Married firstly, Millicent Emily (Molly) Wood {though the Times says 'Ethel Mary (Molly)'}, at St. Andrew's, Bedford, 11 April 1929. She was the adopted daughter of Mrs. Ethel Grace Wood, the widow of Rev. Charles Henry Thursfield Wood MA, headmaster of Sherborne School in 1909. She was born ca. 1902 and apparently died in Poole in 1967, and was living at 13 Kimbolton Avenue, Bedford, at the time of their marriage. She'd left JRWC by 1938, and following their divorce, married at the Poole Register Office, 10 December 1946, one Raymond Hartree. He was born 14 Dec 1885, son of William Hartree, died 1970, and was himself divorced from Evelyn May Hartree (formerly Jameson).

    Married secondly, Margaret Louise Colbourne, at the register office in the City of London, 19 June 1946. She was born 14 September 1911, the daughter of Frederick Louis Henderson and his wife Sarah Beatrice Henderson, nee Whitson, and was the widow of Edward Colbourne. She lived on at Kingsburgh House after JRWC died, and died on 9 February 1991. Apparently somebody tried to buy her in 1961.

  5. Brian Leonard Curtois, born 30 August 1899 at The Grove, Lincoln, and died 11 February 1900. Buried at Branston.

  6. Alexandra Maud (Queenie) Curtois, born 28 May 1901 at The Grove, Nettleham Road, Lincoln, and baptised in St. Peter-in-Eastgate Church by the Ven. John Bond, Archdeacon of Stow, on 9 July. Lived in India until 1947 (arrived back at Liverpool on July 29, and gave their future address as 52 St. Michaels Road, Bedford), and in 1952 was living at No. 73 Fairdene Road, Coulsden, Surrey. In 1966 was widowed and living at Acorn Cottage, Little Gaddesden, Herts., and died 16 December 1986 at Taunton, Somerset. Legatee of 200 from her godmother Florence Curtois in 1934, and of 100 from Mathilde Edith Curtois in 1952.

    Married (a report) Henry Edgar Thompson at St. Peter's Church, Bedford, 1 August 1928, by the Rev Algernon Curtois. He was born 8 August 1893, 6th son of Charles Thompson, maltster, of Heckington. Appointed assistant engineer, Southern Indian Railway, 1 October 1919, and sailed on the SS Nevassa 16 January 1920. Died 9 September 1959. Don't know how he met his bride!

    Issue two children, Richard Curtois Thompson and Susanne Judith Curtois Thompson, who were left 100 between them by their grandmother in 1947.

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