Biography of Private Albert Edward Cursley (202868)
2nd/4th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment
Died 21st March 1918


  • Name: Albert Edward Cursley
    Date of birth: 1896
    Place of Birth: Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England
    Date of Birth Registration: October – December 1896
    Place of Birth Registration: Peterborough, Northamptonshire

  • Name: James Cursley
  • DOB: 1870
  • Place of Birth: Woodwalton, Huntingdonshire, England
  • Occupation: Railway engine stoker

  • Name: Mary Emma Mays
  • DOB: 1869
  • Place Of Birth: Yaxley, Huntingdonshire, England
  • Marriage: 1890 Peterborough District
Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Beatrice Emma Cursley, 1892, Peterborough
  • Albert Edward Cursley, 1896, Peterborough
  • Plus 2 more who’s names are unknown taken from the 1911 census


  • 1901: Albert is living with his parents at 4 Roger Street, Peterborough, Northamptonshire.
  • 1911: Albert is living with his parents 41 Roger Street, Peterborough, Northamptonshire. The census gives him an age of 14 and is listed as an errand boy.
Relatives in services

  • None found

  • No marriage for Albert has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.

Newspaper Mentions

  • Grantham Journal Saturday 6th April 1918
  • MILITARY NOTES. Mr and Mrs Horseman of Bourne South Fen, have received notification that their son, who is attached to the Military Police Section, has been wounded in France and is now in hospital at the Base. The extent or nature of the wounds have not been communicated. Unofficial intimation has been received that Pte. Cursley, son of Mr and Mrs Cursley North Road, Bourne, has been killed in action. The news was forwarded by a relative from the battlefield, who had made enquiries to the whereabouts of Pte. Cursley, the information stating that Pte. Cursley has been killed by a sniper. The source of the information seems to leave little doubt as to the fate of this young man. Rumour has also been busy during the past week with the names of several other Bourne boys, as having been either killed or wounded in recent battles in France. So far, these reports have lacked confirmation.

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • None found
Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Private Albert Edward Cursley, 202868, 4th Bn Lincolnshire Regiment was killed in action on 21st March 1918 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.
Pension Records

  • None found

  • The British Medal
    The Victory Medal

  • UK: Bourne, Roll of Honour in Bourne Abbey Church
  • Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens


  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Private Albert Edward Cursley, 202868, 4th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment who died on 21st March 1918
  • Remembered with honour, Arras Memorial

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

Military Service Timeline

  • Enlisted in Lincoln


  • This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed

  • WW1 Soldier’s Records (
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • British Newspaper Archive.

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