JOHN CRAWFORDwas born 24 May 1885 in Laird Street, Port Glasgow, to
parents James, a joiner and Helen Savage
(who married in Dalry on 12 Sep 1884).
In the 1901 Census, John, aged 15 and an apprentice house joiner, is
living Cumbrae View, Fairlie with parents James (44,
house joiner, b. Fairlie) and Helen (44, b. Dalry), and siblings Susan M (14, b. Port Glasgow) and Isabella (10, b. Port Glasgow), and Arthur J (6, b. Fairlie)
In the 1911 Census, he
is aged 25 and a commission agent (own account), living
Braemar, Fairlie with parents James (54, house
joiner) and Helen (50, m 26 years,
4 children) and siblings Susan M (24,
dressmaker), Isabella (20) and Arthur (16, clerk in ship yard)
SERVICE DETAILS Commissioned into the R.N.V.R. as Sub-Lieutenant in June
1916, serving on Motor Launch 119; appointed Lieutenant 17 Jun 1917; commission
terminated 16 Dec 1918. His medal roll
shows he received the British War and Victory medals.
from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-
24 September 1916 Heartiest congratulations and good wishes are extended to Mr. John
Crawford, eldest son of Mr. James Crawford, joiner, who has, after examination,
been appointed to a commission in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. Sub-Lt. Crawford, who leaves for duty at the
end of the month, is, we understand, to be associated with the motor patrol
branch of the service.
28 July 1917 Two of our sailor men arrived home on short leave at
the end of last week, Lieutenant John Crawford and Seaman Allan Thomson. Both in spite of their arduous duties are
looking in the pink.