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8954   Rifleman Michael Curtiss
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Died: 10/03/1915 (Killed in Action)
Michael Curtiss was born in the Shankill, Belfast but some time later his family moved to live at Churchtown, Cookstown. He went back to Belfast to enlist in the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles. He was killed in action in the Battle of Neuve Chappelle on 10th March 1915. There is no known grave and Michael is commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, panels 42 and 43.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
  Le Touret, Pas-de-Calais
Grave Ref: Panel 42-43
CWGC Casualty 1559745
Le Touret Memorial is located at the east end of Le Touret Military Cemetery, on the south side of the Bethune-Armentieres main road. From Bethune follow the signs for Armentieres until you are on the D171. Continue on this road through Essars and Le Touret village. Approximately 1 kilometre after Le Touret village and about 5 kilometres before you reach the intersection with the D947, Estaires to La Bassee road, the Cemetery lies on the right hand side of the road. The Memorial takes the form of a loggia surrounding an open rectangular court. The court is enclosed by three solid walls and on the eastern side by a colonnade. East of the colonnade is a wall and the colonnade and wall are prolonged northwards (to the road) and southwards, forming a long gallery. Small pavilions mark the ends of the gallery and the western corners of the court.
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 37