Private William D. Curry was born May 6th, 1840 in the Bahamas.
He was mustered into Confederate service on April 25th, 1862 when he was enlisted as a Private in Captain Smith’s Company (Key West Avengers), 7th Regiment Florida Infantry by Major R. B. Thomas at Tampa, Florida for a period of 3 years or the war.
He was reported present on all rolls until November 3rd, 1862 when he was reported absent sick i the hospital at Knoxville, Tennessee. He was reported absent without leave at Clearwater, Florida from February 13th, 1863 through July 13th, 1863. He returned to the unit between July 13th and September 12th, 1863; on the latter date, he is reported absent sick at Marietta, Georgia. He was reported present on the company muster roll for January and February, 1864.
[ According to "“BIOGRAPHICAL ROSTERS OF FLORIDA’S CONFEDERATE AND UNION SOLDIERS, 1861-1865: (VOLUME 2; 5TH FLORIDA INFANTRY – 8TH FLORIDA INFANTRY”), Page 773 -
_"According to a relative: "In 1864, he and Samuel H. Kemp, then a youth 12 years old, found on the beach at Clearwater, Fla., a bomb. While they were tampering with it the bomb exploded killing young Kemp and blinding young Curry. He never recovered from blindness.” _
There is no further record of his service; however, he applied for and received a Confederate Pension for the State of Florida beginning May 3rd, 1886 until his death at Key West, Monroe County, Florida on August 13th, 1886.