ARTHUR JAMES PARKER
CRAWFORDwas born 27 Sep 1894 at Clyde View, Fairlie, to parents James, a master
joiner and Helen Savage (who married in Dalry
on 12 Sep 1884).
He died, aged 81, in 1976 in Largs.
married Jane Bella Downie in Aberdeen in 1941.
In the 1901 Census, Arthur, aged 6, is living Cumbrae View, Fairlie with
parents James (44, house joiner, b. Fairlie)
and Helen (44, b. Dalry),
and siblings John (15, b. Port Glasgow, app. house
joiner), Susan M (14, b. Port
Glasgow) and Isabella (10,
b. Port Glasgow)
In the 1911 Census he
is aged 16, clerk in ship yard, and is living Braemar,
Fairlie with parents James (54, house joiner) and Helen (50, m 26 years, 4 children) and siblings John (25, commission agent), Susan M (24, dressmaker) and Isabella (20)
In June 1915, enlisted
in the Queen’s Own Royal Glasgow Yeomanry (which joined the Highland Light Infantry in
Sep 1917). In Aug 1917 the Largs & Millport Weekly
News reported that he had been in Belgium and France for over a year. In Nov 1917 he sustained a bullet wound to
the thigh and “had a rather trying experience, having lain out for two days in
a German pill box without any food before being rescued”. He was commissioned to the R.N.V.R. on 10 May
1918. His medal roll shows he received
the British War and Victory medals.
from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-
12 June 1915 Arthur Crawford and Hugh Crawford joined the
Glasgow Yeomanry Queen’s Own this week.
There are very few eligible young men left in the village.
June 1916 Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund: Letters of
thanks have been received recently from James Ramsay, Wm. Ramsay, John Currie,
John Ward, A. Erskine, James Smith, Tom McLaughlin, Charles Rodger, Tom
Messenger, Hugh Burden, Wm. Balchin, Tom Miller, Wm. Stewart, John Fraser,
Duncan Douglas, Dan McCallum, Allan McCallum, Alex. McLean, Alfred Davis,
Arthur Crawford, and a postcard from Robert McLachlan, who is a prisoner of war
August 1917 We were pleased to see another of our young soldiers home on a short
leave. Trooper Arthur Crawford,
Yeomanry, who has been for more than a year in Belgium and France, arrived on
Saturday last for a few days.
November 1917 Toll Of War: Mr. and Mrs. James Crawford,
Braemar, Fairlie, received news on Wednesday that their son, Trooper Arthur
Crawford, had been wounded and was in hospital in France. No particulars have so far been received as
to the nature of his injuries, but it is hoped that they are not serious.
10 November 1917 Trooper Arthur Crawford, reported in last week’s issue as wounded
and in hospital in France, arrived at Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow, at the
beginning of the week. He is suffering
from a bullet wound in the thigh, but is progressing satisfactorily. Trooper Crawford has had a rather trying
experience, having lain out for two days in a German pill box without any food
before being rescued.
February 1918 Other two of our wounded men have
arrived home for a short leave before joining their units. Pte. Arthur Crawford, H.L.I, we are also glad
to say, is making good recovery.
March 1918 We had two of our wounded heroes with us during the weekend. Pte. Arthur Crawford is also looking a bit
chirpier than he was when we saw him some time ago, although he is not quite up
to the mark yet.
October 1919 Fairlie “Comrades”: A general meeting of the Fairlie
ex-soldiers was held in the Village Hall last Tuesday evening for the purpose
of talking over the desirability of forming a Discharged Soldiers’ Society. After some discussion, the meeting
unanimously agreed to form a Fairlie Post of “The Comrades of the Great
War”. Mr. C.H. McNair, jr., was elected
captain of the post, and Mr. Thomas Millar secretary and treasurer. The following were elected as members of
committee – Messrs. A. Crawford, J.M. Currie, T. Barclay, W. Wilson and Wm.
Ramsay. After the post had been formally
established, it was agreed to seek ground on which to erect a club-room, and if
this could be found, to commence raising funds for the purchase of an Army
hut. At the close of the meeting, about
thirty ex-service men enrolled as members.