King Edward’s School and the Great War

Memorial Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918


Curtis, Keith Saxby

Second Lieutenant ▪ 1st Bham Pals, 14th Royal Warwickshire Reg

Keith Saxby Curtis, born on 23rd April 1894, was admitted to King Edward’s School in September 1907 as a Foundation Scholar. He lived with his father, James, a master tailor, his mother, Mary, and his sister, Beryl, at 30, Broughton Road, Handsworth.

Keith does not appear in the School magazines, but the School Lists show that he studied in the Modern School (which offered a curriculum that emphasised scientific rather than classical subjects). We have no record of his post-School career, but probate records confirm that at some point he moved to Bolton, Lancashire.

In 1914 Keith enlisted as a Private Soldier in the 1st Birmingham Pals Battalion (14th Royal Warwickshire Regiment). He was later granted a commission in the same battalion as a Second Lieutenant, and was sent to France. He received wounds sometime between 1914 and 1917, and was then killed in action on 26th October 1917 at Ypres. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Flanders.