Private Thomas Crawford

 

Thomas Crawfor was born in the 1870s in County Fermanagh, son of butler John Crawford. By 1900 he was living at Wellington Place, Enniskillen, and working as a coachman. On 24 October that year he married Emma Fyfe in the Church of Ireland Parish Church, Enniskillen. At the time of the 1911 Census they were living at Portora, Enniskillen Rural, with their three children, Thomas working as a coachman.

Crawford enlisted in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron between 24 March and 9 April 1915 (No. UD/231 – later Corps of Dragoons No.21266). The squadron, which had been formed as divisional cavalry for the 36th (Ulster) Division, embarked for France on 6 October 1915. A party of at least thirty men, including Crawford, had embarked three days earlier, attached to 36th Division Headquarters, many if not all of them serving as batmen to senior officers.

Nothing more has been discovered about Crawford's service during the war, but at some point he probably returned to the squadron's reserve at Enniskillen due to his age and illness On 28 June 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve. He was granted a pension due to rheumatism, which was attributed to his military service. In December 1919 his level of disability was assessed at 20 per cent.

Crawford died at his home, 7 Castle Street, Enniskillen, on 23 June 1923. The Fermanagh Times reported that:

The death took place with somewhat tragic suddenness on Tuesday night of Mr. Thomas Crawford, Castle Street, Enniskillen. Deceased had served with the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons during the war and was for some time in France. As a result of his war services he suffered from a weak heart and for a short time past had been unable to follow any employment. He was a staunch loyalist and an active member of the local 'B' Constabulary. Public sympathy will be extended to his family in their bereavement.

 

This page last updated 10 August 2023.