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6976709   Fusilier John Crawford
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/08/2019
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 19/05/1913
Died: 30/12/1939 (Died of Illness)
Age: 26
Summary      
John Crawford was born on 19th May 1913 in Cookstown. He was the son of Mrs McMahon, Orritor Street, Cookstown. The 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were patrolling the front line between Comines and Deulemont in late December 1939. During this time Fusilier John Crawford is thought to have taken ill with hypothermia and was taken to a in a General Hospital in France where he died later.
Fusilier John Crawford
Further Information
John Crawford was born on 19th May 1913 in Cookstown.
John was the son of Mrs McMahon, Orritor Street, Cookstown.
The 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were patrolling the front line between Comines and Deulemont in late December 1939.
During this time Fusilier John Crawford is thought to have taken ill with hypothermia and was taken to a in a General Hospital in France where he died later. He was 26 years old.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 13th January 1940:
CRAWFORD – 30th December 1939, John Crawford, died in a General Hospital in France while on active service. Son of Mrs McMahon of Orritor Street, Cookstown. RIP. Sadly missed by his mother, sister, aunts and uncle.
During World War II and for a number of years afterwards, the Château du Grand-Luce served as a military hospital.
Fusilier John Crawford is buried at le Grand-Luce War Cemetery in Sarthe, France. His inscription reads ‘IN LOVING MEMORY. ON HIS SOUL, SWEET JESUS, HAVE MERCY. R.I.P. MOTHER, SISTER, RELATIVES.’
John Crawford is commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Orritor Street Cookstown Central Mother lived in Orritor Street 54.648478 -6.747173
References and Links
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1 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Fusilier John Crawford's grave can be purchased here
2 www.cntraveller.com Château du Grand-Lucé history
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2021