Former Pupil Biographies
Major Henry David Cook Craig MC (1888 - 1920)
|Henry David Cook Craig, M. A. 1911, M.C. Soudan Civil Service, Education
Captain, 3rd Battalion, Special Reserve, The Highland Light Infantry.
Brigade Major, 107th Infantry
Brigade, in the great offensive, August 1918. D.A.Q.M.G. Expeditionary
Force, Russia (Baltic). Born 25th October 1888. Died of typhus at Reval,
13th February 1920.
Special Order of the Day for Notification to all Ranks. The G.O.C.
Military Mission has with much regret to announce the death of Major H. D.
C. Craig, M.C, H.L.I., from typhus contracted in the performance of his
Major Craig, with a tireless devotion to duty, and with complete disregard
of personal safety, has done splendid work in helping to ameliorate the
conditions of the officers and men of the N.-W. Army at Narva.
In carrying out this work he was thoroughly aware of the dangers he ran,
which finally resulted in the loss of his life. His self-sacrifice is
worthy of the best and highest traditions of the British Officer, and will
help in no small degree in maintaining the prestige of our race in the
By his death the British Mission loses a very gallant and a very
T. V. Delahaye, Major, General Staff.
Awarded the Military Cross, January 1919, for personal gallantry and
good work during the operations carried out by the 2nd Army between 28th
September 1918 and 10th October 1918. On the morning of the 1st October
1918 an attack was delivered by the Brigade on the south slope of Hill 41,
Vifwegen. Owing to mist and the strong opposition of the enemy, by which
the Commanding Officer of the attacking battalion was
killed, the situation was obscure. Captain Craig carried out extensive
reconnaissances of the front under heavy machine-gun fire, and by the
intelligence which he obtained it was possible to reorganise the front and
to make dispositions to deal with a serious situation on the right flank.
The work of this Officer has at all times been thorough and his energy
Decorated by General Yudenich with the Order of St. Stanislas, Second
Class, with Swords.
Mentioned in Sir R. C. B. Haking's Despatches of 3rd February 1920.
Sons and daughters of Robert & Susan Craig
Robert Craig, minister of Ardentinny in 1860 was married to Susan
Stewart Meldrum in 1880. They had several sons in the army and
others abroad. Some of the sons are known to have been educated at
- Robert Meldrum Craig b.1882, M.A., BSc., F.G.S., Lecturer in
Geology, University of Edinburgh, was a captain in the 5th South
Staffordshire Regiment; Madras Pupil;
- James Manson Craig b.1885, M.A., B.D. was Professor of
English, United College, Madras (India); Madras Pupil;
- John Douglas Craig b.1887, M.A., B.A. (Oxon), Classical
Lecturer, University of Sheffield, was a captain R.F.A.; Madras
- Henry David Cook Craig b.1888, M.A., M.C., Order of St
Stanisaus, was a brigade major 107th Infantry Brigade, died of
typhus at Reval, 13th Feb. 1920; Madras Pupil;
- Falconer Gray Craig b.1892, M.C., was a lieutenant in the 3rd
- Joseph Murison Craig b.1893, M.B., Ch.B., F.R.C.S.;
- Archibald Douglas Craig b.1898 was a captain with 11th Gurkas,
- Andrew Russell Craig b.1901, a rubber planter in Malaya.
Their daughters were:
- Constance Craig b.1890, M.A., missionary at Ichang, China,
born 20th May 1890 (marr. 1st March 1921, John Watt Cameron,
- Jean Soutar Craig b.1896, M.A.