Curtis, Second Lieutenant Richard Haddon

No 71 (Australian) Sqn RFC

Richard Curtis came from Glen Innes, NSW, where he was born on 1 March 1894; he was a Grazier when he enlisted in the 5th Field Ambulance at Queens Park, Sydney, on 2 April 1915. On 25 June he left Sydney on HMAT A40 Ceramic. He landed at Gallipoli in August, and served there until September, when he was evacuated to Egypt, and then to England, suffering from dysentery. After his unit moved to the Western Front he committed an offence by “driving a motor ambulance through Vignacourt at a speed exceeding 8 miles per hour”. He transferred to the AFC in April 1917, qualified as a pilot, and was then commissioned in October. In December he flew to France with No 71 (Australian) Sqn.

He was killed in an aircraft accident 6 January 1918 when flying Sopwith Camel B4623. The accident is described above in the entry on Lt A M Anderson.

2Lt R H Curtis is buried in Grave E 7 at Sailly-Labourse Cemetery, France.

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