Roll of Honour


Donald Crawford


Donald Crawford was born on 6 May 1892 in Glasgow, elder son of William Crawford. He attended Whitehill Higher Grade School in the Dennistoun area of Glasgow, and then went on to the University of Glasgow in 1910 where he studied for an MA. He graduated on 20th June 1913.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

His subjects of study had pointed him towards the cloth: Latin, Greek, Logic, and Moral Philosophy and, on graduating, he enrolled at the United Free Church College. This subsequently became Trinity College, and the teaching is now done within the University of Glasgow.

He had been enrolled in the Officer Training Corps, and they enlisted him in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and, on 1 July 1915, he was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant. In October 1915, a specialist Machine Gun Corps was set up, and he was transferred to it. It was as part of that Corps that he died on 27 July 1916 during the Somme offensive.

As with so many others in that offensive, 2nd Lieutenant Donald Crawford has no identified grave, with his name commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. He is also remembered by his school on their memorial plaque which was moved to the new school building when it was erected in 1977.