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The death took place at Ipswich on October 19 of the Rev Peregrine Arthur Curtois, T.D., M.A., LlB., who was born in 1893 in Northgate Cottage, Nettleham - road, Lincoln.

He was a grandson of the sixth of the successive Curtois Rectors of Branston in the City, Bail and Close of Lincoln who died in 1891 and was a freeman of Lincoln as his ancestors had been.

He continued his education after preparatory school in Lincoln, at Bedford School and Queen's College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1914. He was twice wounded in the Ypres Salient during World War I while serving as a captain in the Suffolk Regt.

On the staff of Woodbridge School, Suffolk for many years he was commanding officer of its Junior Training Corps.

He was the last of the priesthood of the Curtois family which has extended since the time of John Curtois, Rector of Branston, an ardent Royalist who was mobbed in Minster Yard by Cromwellian supporters after having preached, following Charles II's death, a sermon on the "Divine Right of Kings."

Deceased was ordained late in life and was vicar of Bedingfield and rector of Fishangles [sic] and on retirement in 1957 continued his interest in the district by assisting in the parish of St. Andrews, Ipswich. His wife survives him. There is no family.

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