Craig, John Arnott Taylor

Craig, John Arnott Taylor (John)

Second Lieutenant

‘D’ Company, 11th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 21)

Buried:

Connaught Cemetery, Thiepval, France (Grave IV. A. 5)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Glencraig Parish Church of Ireland Church (Holy Trinity)

North of Ireland Cricket Club Memorial Plaque (includes those members of the Club who played Rugby Football)

Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club

Annals of Helen’s Bay Presbyterian Church

BIOGRAPHY

John Arnott Taylor Craig (known as John) was born in Belfast on 29 December 1894 in Englemere, Malone Park, Belfast and he was the eldest son of James and Annie Rosina (Rosie) Craig (nee Taylor) who were married on 6 December 1893 in St Thomas’s Church of Ireland Church, Belfast.  James Craig, a linen merchant from 8 Lower Crescent, Belfast was a son of Michael Moore Craig, a farmer.  Annie Rosina Taylor from Victoria Gardens, Windsor Park, Belfast was a daughter of John Arnott Taylor, a merchant.

James Craig worked for McCrum, Watson & Mercer Ltd., Linenhall Street, Belfast – a firm of linen manufacturers and bleachers.

James and Rosie Craig (nee Taylor) had at least two children:

John Arnott Taylor (born 29 December 1894 in Englemere, Malone Park, Belfast)

Cecily Anne Walton (born 20 May 1896 in Englemere, Malone Park, Belfast)

In 1901 John and Cecily Craig were living with their uncle and aunt James and Jessie Irwin at 17 Ballykillaire, Bangor.  James Irwin was a Land and House Agent.

John Craig was a member of the North Down Regiment of the Ulster Volunteer Force and the Craig family lived at Craigmoyle, Craigavad and Glen House, Crawfordsburn.  After John’s father died his mother moved to Walmer in Kent.

During the Great War John Craig served with the 11th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 109th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and he was 21 when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Second Lieutenant John Arnott Taylor Craig was buried in Connaught Cemetery, France and his CWGC headstone bears the inscription:

TILL THE DAWN BREAK

Second Lieutenant John Arnott Taylor Craig is commemorated in Glencraig Parish Church of Ireland Church (Holy Trinity); in the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club; in the annals of Helen’s Bay Presbyterian Church and on the North of Ireland Cricket Club Memorial Plaque.

[The North of Ireland Football Club (members played Rugby Football as opposed to Soccer) was founded by members of the North of Ireland Cricket Club and the North of Ireland Cricket Club Memorial Plaque commemorates members of both Clubs.  Members of the Football Club were also members of the Cricket Club but not all members of the Cricket Club were members of the Football Club.]