Private William Scott Craig


William Scott Craig was born on 25 May 1895 at 107 Stratheden Street, Belfast, the eighth of nine children of builder James Craig and his wife Agnes (née Magee). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at 5 Thorndale Avenue, Belfast, with his parents and three of his four surviving siblings, and working as an apprentice to wholesale drapers Young & Anderson.

Very soon after completing his apprenticeship, on 3 February 1915 Craig enlisted at Antrim in the North Irish Horse (No.1437). It was soon discovered, however, that his eyesight was defective. This and some illnesses led to his being discharged on 2 April 1915, being 'not likely to become an efficient soldier, considered unfit for service within three months of enlistment' (paragraph 392(iii)(c), King's Regulations). His military character was recorded as 'good'.

By 1930 Craig was living with his wife Agnes at 'Rockmount', 240 Antrim Road, Belfast, and working as a salesman. He died there on 11 January at the age of 34.