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8954   Rifleman Michael Curtis
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Died: 10/03/1915 (Killed in Action)
Michael Curtis was born in the Shankill, Belfast. Michael enlisted in Belfast, but he was living in Churchtown, Cookstown. Rifleman Michael Curtis was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action in the Battle of Neuve Chappelle on Wednesday 10th March 1915. Newspaper reports suggest Michael Curtis lived at 59 Grove Street, East Belfast.
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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 Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - East Panel 2018 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 37
References and Links
No Link Reference Map Doc
1 Great War Belfast Clippings Curtis, Michael, Rifleman, Royal Irish Rifles, 59 Grove Street East Belfast, Died
2 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
3 Soldiers Died in the Great War Details of Rifleman Michael Curtis
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023