Sergeant John Crawford

 

John Crawford was born on 17 February 1888 at 1 Dover Street, Belfast, the first of nine children of baker John Crawford and his wife Elizabeth (née Bishop). By the time of the 1912 Ulster Covenant he was living at 7 Upper Townsend Street with his parents and six surviving siblings.

Crawford enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 25 November 1915 (No.1969 or 1970 – later Corps of Hussars No.71648). He remained at the regiment's base depot at Antrim through much of the war.

At some point Crawford fell ill and on 24 January 1919 he was discharged, being no longer physically fit for military service (paragraph 392 (xvi), King's Regulations). He was granted a pension due to his illness.

After his discharge from the army, Crawford returned to his home at Upper Townsend Street. He died there as a result of pulmonary tuberculosis on 3 September 1919, aged 31, and was buried in the City Cemetery, Belfast.

 

Two of Crawford's brothers, Robert Bishop Crawford and William Crawford, also served in the war.