CURRALL, Frederick/Fred

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The following records have been discerned for Private Frederick 'Fred' Currall by Jennifer Layne for the BHCARA British Home Child Registry.

Warwickshire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1910
Name: Ada Carrall (Spinster)
Spouse Name: Albert Steadman
Marriage or Bann Date: 6 Mar 1898
Event Type: Bann
Parish: Kingsbury

Library and Archives Canada
Item: Frederick CUTTALL
Given Name(s): Frederick
Surname: CUTTALL
Age: 11
Gender: M
Port of Departure: Liverpool
Date of Departure: 1905-06-20
Port of Arrival: Halifax
Date of Arrival: 1905-07-01
Year of Arrival: 1905
Party: Middlemore Homes
Destination: Fairview Home, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Comments: 142 children from Middlemore's Childrens Immigration Homes, Birmingham, England, to the Lower Provinces of Canada
Type of Records: Passenger Lists
Microfilm Reel Number: T-499
Children travelling together: H05AA
Source: Library and Archives Canada
Reference: RG 76 C1b
Item Number: 58322

1911 English Census records place the family of Ada (37) and Albert Steadman (37) at 4 Rose Place New Spring Street, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.  In residence were Alice (11), Lilly (4), Lizzie (6) and Fred Steadman (18).  Albert Steadman is noted as deaf and dumb, he works at labour and cementing.  Fred Steadman is noted as 18 years of age and works as a caster, possibly of brass, the record is written over.

It is possible that 'Fred Steadman' is a son from a previous marriage from Albert Steadman, as Ada Carrall might have had Fred and Howard illegitimately, and they were definitely born before the marriage in 1898.

Attestation papers were signed 3 Nov 1914 in Montreal, Quebec.  Fred Currall was born 25 May 1892 in Birmingham, England.  He was a Sailor by trade.  His Next of Kin was his Mother, Mrs. Steathman of No. 4 Bk, 38 Newspring Street of Birmingham, England.  5'4" in height with grey eyes and light brown hair, he had a Canadian Merchant Marine flag on his left forearm and hand.  His religion was noted as Church of England.

Commonwealth War Graves Registers and Circumstances of Casualty states that Fred Died of Wounds after accidentally being hit by friendly fire.  At about 8am on 6 Jun 1918 he was on guard duty at Battery Headquarters when an enemy aeroplane which had been flying over was being fired upon by the artillery and machine guns.  Shortly after Private Currall was hit in the back by a bullet which was thought to be from one of 'our own' machine guns which was firing out of range.  He was immediately attended to and evacuated to No. 42 Casualty Clearing Station where he later succumbed to his wound.  The bullet pierced his back and penetrated his abdomen.  The incident report noted he was standing facing enemy lines when he was struck.  An additional accounts noted by Private Ernest Hopper, Service No. 838524 and Private Patrick McGee, Service No. 56013 who was the only person with Fred at the time of his wounding. He was buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Aubigny-en-Artois, Nord Pas de Calais, France.  Plot: IV. L. 34.

Next of Kin was noted as his Mother, Mrs. Ada Steadman of 4 Block, 38 New Spring Street, Birmingham, England.  His family had the phrase 'O rest in the Lord' inscribed on his grave stone.

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