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THE WWI COMPASS OF CAPT. CURZON CURSHAM, SHERWOOD FORESTERS (PRESENT IN DUBLIN DURING EASTER RISING)

** NEW ** Cavalry School Compass by J.H. Steward, London in its brown leather case stamped 'C. Cursham, 2 8 S.F' (2/8th Sherwood Foresters).
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£375.00
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Curzon Cursham was born on 1 July 1897 in Wilford, Nottingham, the son of the renowned footballer, Henry Cursham and Frances Rawson and living with his brother, Francis, at Grove Ave., Nottingham. Curzon's father, known as Harry, won 8 caps with England and remains the record F.A. Cup goalscorer with 49 goals scored for Notts County between 1887 and 1897. After studying at Repton School, Cursham moved to The Firs, Holme Pierrepont and then to Ingram House, Residential Club, Stockwell Road, London to read law. In Oct 1911, Cursham was admitted as a solicitor and became a member of Bernard Wright's practice in Nottingham.

After the outbreak of WWI, Cursham was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on 12 Nov 1914 into the 2/8th Bn., Notts & Derby Regiment (The Sherwood Foresters). Promoted to Lieutenant in July 1916. Serving in England from 1914 to April 1916, he was posted with his brother to Dublin during the Easter Rising in 1916. One third of the 12 infantry battalions sent to Ireland were from the 2/5th, 2/6th, 2/7th and 2/8th Sherwood Foresters. On 26 Apr the 2/8th encountered strong fighting at Mount Street Bridge as they attempted to march into the centre of Dublin. The bridge was defended at strategic points by 17 rebels who caught the Foresters in cross fire at Northumberland Road. Captain Francis Cursham was shot during the frontal assault on Mount Street Bridge by rebels occupying Clanwilliam House. The Foresters unsuccessfully charged the house before laying down covering rifle fire while the building was assailed with hand grenades. Francis Cusham was then wounded again by shrapnel from a grenade that had struck a window and bounced back. By the end of the battle, 230 Sherwood Foresters were dead or wounded. Following the rebellion, the 2/8th remained in Ireland on garrison duty at the Curragh. Both Curzon and Francis were then posted to France from 1917 to Feb 1919, Curzon attached to the Machine Gun Corps in Jan 1918 and Francis was killed in a road accident near Aldershot, Hampshire on 31 Aug 1918.

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