Bay Area man searches for family ancestor’s remains 100 years after death in World War I

Published: 20 May 2024

By Lloyd Sowers
via the FOX 13 Tampa Bay television station website


Solving the mystery of a missing World War I soldier

Alexander Curran knows his great, great uncle pretty well, even though he died more than 100 years ago.

His name was John Curran, and he died in France in World War I before reaching his 28th birthday.

“He was born August 1, 1891, in Philadelphia,” said Alexander. “By the time he was 18, he was working as a carpenter.”

John Curran died on a November day in 1918 from wounds he suffered fighting Germans days earlier on a battlefield in France.
“And war ended four days later, on November 11, 1918,” said Alexander Curran.

But where his great-great-uncle was buried is unclear.

Alexander Curran is with a group called Doughboy MIA, and they want the French government to allow the group to use modern technology to try and find his uncle’s remains, starting at a former graveyard miles from the site of the hospital where he died. It was dismantled decades ago and a house is there now.

Alexander Curran plans to return to France soon to continue his studies of the area where his ancestor died. Someday he would like to bring the remains of John Curran home.

Alexander Curran

“I feel like there’s going to be a relief that he’s finally coming home even after all this time,” said Alexander Curran

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