This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment:
- Service no: 311339
- Rank: Leading Stoker
- Regiment/Service: H.M.S. Recruit
- Unit/Ship: Royal Navy
- Place of Death: Lost at Sea
- Age at Death: 26
- Date of Death: 01/05/1915
- Burial Country:
- Cemetery: Chatham Naval Memorial
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 11
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Perth
- Address: 10 South George Street, Dundee
Janet Crawford, 10 South George St, Dundee
David Crawford, 10 South George St, Dundee
John, William, 1 additional brother & 2 sisters (names unknown)
More about David Crawford
David has no known grave but is remembered on the Chatham Naval Memorial. He had 2 brothers who also served during the Great War. Pte John Crawford of the 1st Battalion, Highland Light Infantry and Pte William Crawford 11000 of the 4th Battalion, Canadian Infantry who was killed in action 23/04/1915 in Belgium.
David’s 2nd brother died due to drowning in the River Tay.
DUNDEE FAMILY HARD HIT BY THE WAR. ONE SON DROWNED, ONE KILLED, AND ANOTHER WOUNDED. A Dundee family has been heavily stricken by the war, two sons having lost their lives and another having been wounded. They are: – Leading Stoker David Crawford, of H.M.S. Recruit (drowned); Private William Crawford, a member of the 4th Battalion Canadians (killed in action); and Private John Crawford, of the 1st Highland Light Infantry (wounded).
Stoker David, who was 25 years of age, went down with his ship in the North Sea on 1st May. He served in the navy for eight years.
Private William was killed in action on 23d April, and was 24 years of age. He had seen three years’ service in the Canadians, and was employed in a steel factory in Ontario, where he went several years ago. While in Dundee he was employed at the West Station as a goods porter.
Private John, who is 22 years of age, was wounded on 12th March by a piece of shell, which struck him on the right cheek. He has been attached to his regiment for about four years.
Mrs Crawford, who resides at 10 South George Street, Dundee, has received the official intimation. The Courier, Friday, 25 June 1915, 6.
Information supplied by Gary Thomson
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