C Angus Curry


Angus was the second son of the Reverend William Dixon Blatchford Curry, who had been born in Chettle, Blandford, Dorset in 1861, and Amy Isabell nee Angus, born in 1862 in Wallsend, Northumberland. The Reverend Curry was appointed Vicar of Wheatley in 1906: previously he had been Vicar of South Hinksey. In 1901 the family were living at 33, Church Street, Oxford, and then in 1911 at The Vicarage in Wheatley. Angus had been born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1890. He was the brother of Douglas Curry. There is a record of someone of the same name and born in the same year as servant-general to an inn-keeper and enumerated at 46 Quarry Row, Houghton Le Spring, Co. Durham, i.e. in the area from which his mother came and his father had ministered earlier. Following graduation from the Royal Naval Engineering College in 1890 Angus joined the Merchant Navy, and then the Royal Navy in 1911. The depot ship HMS Niobe, on which he was an Engineering Lieutenant, was handed over, together with a cadre of its officers, to found the Royal Canadian Navy. The Oxford Chronicle reported on 26 December 1914 that he was with Niobe. He spent the rest of his career with the Royal Canadian Navy, well into World War II, attaining the rank of Commander, Engineering. See also references to him in the Wheatley in a World at War chapter.

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