CEF Soldier Detail

Private Ethelbert 'Curley' Christian
Died: March 15, 1954

Regimental Number:
721010
Survived War:
Yes
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Army Medical Corps
Battalion:
No. 16 Ontario Military Hospital, Orpington
Company:
Place of Birth:
Homestead, Pennsylvania
Country:
U.S.A.
Next of Kin:
Emma Christian, mother. Baptist Church Homestead, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Address at Enlistment:
Selkirk, Manitoba
Date of Birth:
April 15, 1882
Trade or Calling:
Chain Maker
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
No
Place of Enlistment:
Selkirk, Manitoba
Date of Enlistment:
November 16, 1915
Age at enlistment:
33
Height:
5 Feet 7 Inches
Chest:
35 Inches
Expansion:
3 Inches
Religion:
Baptist
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Survived
Battle Died/Wounded:
Wounded April 9, 1917 at Vimy Ridge
Date of Death:
March 15, 1954
Age at Death:
72
Buried at:
Prospect Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario
Plot:
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Black
Research Notes

108th Battalion Nominal Roll

The Legacy Voices Project 

Rank Regiment Unit Company
Private Canadian Army Medical Corps No. 16 Ontario Military Hospital, Orpington
Private Canadian Infantry 108th Battalion
Private Canadian Infantry 78th Battalion

Son of Daniel Christian and Emma Christian (nee Neibors); husband of Cleopatra Ann 'Cleo' Christian (nee MacPherson) married December 11, 1920. Cleo was a volunteer aid in Toronto who cared for Curley when he was invalided home

For the 95th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, The Legacy Voices project contacted CBC to do a piece on Curley which was broadcast on The National. Information provided from The Thamis Gayle Collection, Blacks and West Indians in the C.E.F. Not part of No 2 Construction Battalion

Original Unit: 108th Battalion

Final Unit: 78th Battalion

Wounded at Vimy, Canada's first surviving quadruple amputee. Lost both legs 5" below the knees, left arm 6" below the elbow and right arm 4" below the elbow