Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Levuka, Lomaiviti, Fiji

General information

Engine Driver - Shedman

Army information

New Zealand
New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Service number:
Enlistment date:
Enlistment place:
Narrow Neck, Auckland, New Zealand
 —  New Zealand Maori (Pioneer) Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Lijssenthoek, Remy Siding Casualty Clearing Stations, Belgium
Cause of death:
Died of wounds (D.O.W.)


Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Plot: 20
Row: I
Grave: 8A

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 3

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place
#3 Place of death (approximate)

My story

Private Joseph Curtis was part of the New Zealand Pioneer Battalion under direct command of divisional headquarters. The New Zealand Division took part in the Battle of Broodseinde on 4 October 1917. After terrain had been won, the New Zealand Pioneer Battalion was tasked with consolidating these gains by constructing navigable roads to the new front and repairing damaged roads. This task was difficult because the rain turned the landscape into a quagmire in the first days after the battle. The roads were also targets for German artillery fire, as destroying these could cripple the supply lines. Private Joseph Curtis was wounded on 7 October 1917. He was most likely wounded while working on the roads near Spree Farm and Kansas Cross. He was transported to the Casualty Clearing Station at Lijssenthoek (Remy Siding), where he succumbed to his wounds and was buried on the 8th of October 1917.

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Auckland War Memorial Museum
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Chris McCarthy, Passchendaele : The Day-by-Day account, 2018, 113-117.
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James Cowan, The Maoris in the Great War : a history of the New Zealand native contingent and pioneer battalion : Gallipoli 1915, France and Flanders 1916-1918, 1926, 124-125
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Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
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The Long, Long Trail
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