William Craigie

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Aberdeen
  • Service no: 9999
  • Rank: Private
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Seaforth Highlanders
  • Unit/Ship: 2nd Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death:
  • Date of Death: 16.10.1915
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: I.AA.6.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Aberdeen
  • Address: 28 Elders Lane, Lochee
  • Occupation:
  • Mother:
  • Father:

    James Craigie, 10 Marybank Lane, Lochee

  • Siblings:

    David, Andrew & George

  • Spouse:

    Catherine Craigie, 28 Elders Lane, Lochee

  • Children:

    John, born 25.05.1900, Francis, born 22.11.1903, Elspeth, born 05.08.1909, Catherine, born 02.12.1910, Margaret, born 21.04.1912 & William, born 21.03.1915

More about William Craigie

On 2 June 1915, ‘The Evening Telegraph’ reported on one family’s contribution to the war.

A PATRIOTIC LOCHEE FAMILY. The family of Mrs James Craigie, 10 Marybank Lane, Lochee, is doing its duty. Mrs Craigie has four sons, two sons-in-law, and a grandson serving with the colours. Their names (reading from left to right) are as follows – 1 Private Wm. Craigie (35), 2d Seaforth Highlanders; 2 Private David Craigie (31), 2d Seaforths; 3 Private Andrew Craigie (24), 4th Black Watch; and 4 Private George Craigie (21), 4th Black Watch (sons); 5 Sergeant Wm. Fisken (37), 25 Elder’s Lane, Lochee, 5th Black Watch; and 6 Sergeant T. M’Kim (24), 10 Marybank Lane, Lochee, 9th Seaforth Highlanders (sons-in-law); and Corporal James Binney, 4th Black Watch (grandson). Private David Craigie, writing to his wife, who resides at 10 Pitfour Street, Dundee, on 15th inst., says he believes he has been recommended for the D.C.M. He encloses a card signed by Major Wilcox, commanding the 4th Division, which reads – “Your commanding officer and brigade commander have informed me that you have distinguished yourself by conspicuous bravery in the field. I have read their report with much pleasure.” Describing the deed referred to Private David says he was in a trench with his brother William and a number of other Seaforths when the Germans attacked determinedly, using asphyxiating gases. William was rendered unconscious, and a number of the men were forced to retire, but, despite the agony caused by inhaling the gas, Private David and one or two comrades stuck to the trench, and fired their rifles, preventing the Germans from capturing the position. The Evening Telegraph and Post, Wednesday, 2 June 1915, 4.

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