The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Francis Lyle
- Nick Name:
- Lieutenant (appointed 1 Nov 1940)
- Regimental #:
- Headquarters Company, No. 1 Platoon Sigs. (replaced by Lt. K. Lee)
- Place of Birth:
- Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Carlyle Curnow
- Mothers's Name:
- Naomi Curnow
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Kranji War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row A, Grave 10, Age 24.
- Cause of Death:
- Killed in Action
- Place of Death:
- Hill 200, Ulu Pandan
- Date of Death:
- Where killed at map reference 763162 by Major A. Clough Party on 21.12.1942
Curnow’s family did not have to wait until 1945 to learn of his death.
Curnow had previously joined 28th Btn Militia.
Attended No. 27 Course Army School of Sigs, Liverpool, NSW from 10/2/1941 to 23/3/1941.
Frank Curnow was killed in action at Ulu Plandan on 12th February 1942. Below is a detailed handwritten letter by Major Cough outlining all the information to hand about Curnow’s death.
He was killed by machine-gun fire through his chest. The Battalion suffered heavy casualties and all officers were killed.
Frank’s parents Carlyle Curnow and Agnes ‘Naomi’ Robinson married Kalgoorlie in 1914. We believe Frank was their 3rd son followed by 2 daughters. Carlyle Curnow died in 1968 and Naomi Curnow died in 1977 in Perth.
The Curnow family was to endure another family tragedy – in October 1951 youngest daughter Gwen died in an air crash near Kalgoorlie. She was one of 10 persons killed in an Airlines (WA) Ltd. crash on that day.
Frank Curnow married Gladys Jean Rogers about 1937, the couple had one son, Lyle.
Below is notice of death of Jean Curnow’s father.