CHIEF CARPENTER'S MATE NICHOLAS J. CURRIE was born in 1886 in Pennsylvania. In 1905 he married Anna K, Risk, of Reading PA. He served for over 20 years in the United States Navy. According to the Camden Courier-Post he had made his home in Clementon NJ beginning about 1914, although census records seem to indicate otherwise. At the time of the 1920 census he actually was enumerated twice. He was counted in Philadelphia PA at the Naval base, and was working at the recruiting office. His wife was staying with her parents at 459 8th Avenue in Reading PA, and he is enumerated in reading as well.
Being a World War I veteran, Nicholas Currie was a member of Lower Camden County Post 2142, Veterans of Foreign Wars, of Laurel Springs NJ. At the time of the 1930 census he was enumerated as "Nichols J. Curry" and living at 164 West Atlantic Avenue in Clementon NJ, working as a “chief inspector” in “government”. Along with wife Anna Currie, the Currie family at that time included daughter Celestine, then 19 and born in New Jersey, a nephew, Charles W. Forman, then a 27 year-old bus driver, and father-in-law Emil K. Risk, then 84, who had been born in Germany.
Chief Currie was called back to active duty in November of 1942. he was stationed at a supply depot in Mechanicsburg PA. He took ill in mid-December of 1943, and was taken to the United States Naval Hospital in Philadelphia PA, where he died on April 13, 1944. His death was reported in the Camden Courier-Post on April 14, 1944.
Nicholas Currie was survived by his wife Anna Katie Currie, his daughter, Mrs. Celestine Miller of Wilmington DE, and one grandchild. He is memorialized on the World War II War memorial in Clementon NJ.
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