Arthur James Parker CRAWFORD

Regiment:                  Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve                                    
                                  Formerly Highland Light Infantry; 
                                  Formerly Queen’s Own Royal Glasgow Yeomanry  

Rank & Number:       
Sub-Lieutenant (RNVR); Private 350429 (HLI);                                    
                                  95722 (QORGY)  

Born:                          27 September 1894; Clyde View, Fairlie  

1976; Largs  

Brother of John Crawford

ARTHUR JAMES PARKER CRAWFORD was 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.   

He 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.

Extracts 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.  

17 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 in Germany.  

11 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.  

3 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.  

2 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.  

30 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.  

4 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.

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