John Malcolm Clark CRAWFORD


Rank & Number:   
Not Known  

Born:                      02 November 1899; Seaview, Fairlie  

Died:                      4 March 1951; 1 Barrie Terrace, Ardrossan  

Brother of Hugh Allan Crawford

JOHN MALCOLM CLARK CRAWFORD, known as Jock, was born 02 Nov 1899 at Seaview, Fairlie, to parents David, a coal merchant, and Flora Clark (who married in Largs on 19 Dec 1894).  He died at home at 1 Barrie Terrace, Ardrossan on 4 Mar 1951 (aged 51, single, agricultural worker).  The cause of death was encephalitis, which his family advise he contracted while serving in Africa. 

He never married.  

In the 1901 Census, John, aged 1, is living Sea View, Fairlie with parents David (40, coal merchant, b. Fairlie) and Flora (29, b. West Kilbride) and siblings Isabella A (5, b. Fairlie) and Hugh A (3, b.  Fairlie)  

In the 1911 Census, aged 11, he is at Southannan Farm, in the household of John and Annabella Rodger (his aunt and uncle).  His father David (50, coal merchant), and siblings Isabella A (15), Hugh A (13) and David A (2) are at Seaview, Bay Street, Fairlie,   Mother Flora (39, b. West Kilbride, m 17 yrs, 4 children) is a patient in an institution in Cathcart, Glasgow (possibly Victoria Infirmary).

No medal index card was found, but the Roll of Honour gives his regiment as “R.S.F.” (Royal Scots Fusiliers).  Family sources advise he served in Africa and have provided a photograph of him in uniform wearing shorts.  As he served overseas, he would have received the British War and Victory medals.

Pictures courtesy Danielle Crawford

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