Archie McAulay Crawford was born on September 3rd, 1894 in Beith, Scotland as the second of four children to Esther and Daniel Crawford. When Archie was six years old, he and his family immigrated to Canada in 1900. They lived in Galt (Cambridge) on Richardson Street, while Archie’s dad worked as an engineer and Archie worked as a fitter. Archie was a great cricket player, described as a “forcing batsman and a good wicketkeeper.”
Archie decided to volunteer in Galt for the Canadian Expeditionary Force on January 11th, 1915. He worked as a private for the 1st Battalion in Belgium. On October 13th, 1915 Archie was in his trench west of Messines when he was killed by an enemy shell. Private Archie McAulay Crawford is buried at the St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery in Belgium.
Service number A/2045
“Canadian Virtual War Memorial: Archie McAulay Crawford,” Veterans Affairs Canada, accessed March 22, 2015, http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/444218?Archie%20Mcaulay%20Crawford
Andrew Renshaw, Wisdom On The Great War: The Lives of Cricket’s Fallen 1914-1916, (London: John Wisden and Co, 2014).