Samuel James Curran was the son of Lizzie Curran. He was born about 1898 in County Tyrone. The 1911 census records Samuel’s mother as a widow. Since the youngest child is only a year old, it can be assumed that his father died about 1910.
Samuel was an enthusiastic member of Cookstown company of Ulster Volunteers. He had been employed at Greenvale Mill, Cookstown. He enlisted with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, but later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. Private Samuel J Curran was aged just 18 when he was killed in action on 21st November 1916.
with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, army number: 4421. He later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps, where he was attached to the 87th Company. He was killed in action on 21st November 1916.