The Men

The Men

Sunday, 19 January 2014

* Captain Isaac Murray Craig

"He was through the Gallipoli campaign and afterwards in the Balkans. His sad death occurred while out on night work in the hills of Judea".
Isaac Murray Craig, according to the 1911 census, lived with his mother, two brothers and young sister, very close to the present location of The High School, on Zion Road, Rathgar.  Ironically, he was one of the High School soldiers who died furthest away from home - in Palestine.  His medal record card reveals that he entered the theatre of war (Egypt) on 11th October 1915, but also saw action in the Balkans and Gallipoli.  He received the Victory, British and Star (15) medals posthumously.
Source: Michelle Burrowes.

'The Erasmian' October 1918 p68
'I. M. Craig (Ray) (1910), Captain Royal Engineers, was killed in action in Palestine. He came to us for a short time in 1910 from Campbell College before entering Trinity College, and joined the Engineers after completing his course in the Engineering School in August, 1914. He went out in the famous 10th Division to Gallipoli and the Balkans. His brother, M. T. Craig (High School 1909-12) is also in the Engineers.'


The woman in the picture is Isaac's niece,
Elaine Ann Craig daughter of Eric William, standing at the
Trinity College, Dublin, WWI Memorial.  She died in 2011.
Thanks to the Craig family for supplying this photo.  
CRAIG, ISAAC MURRAY. Rank: Acting Captain. Regiment or Service: Corps of Royal Engineers.
Unit; 66th Field Company. Date of Death:22/08/1918. Age at death, 27. Born in County Tipperary (1911 Census).

Limerick Chronicle, August, 1918.
Craig—August 22, 1918, killed in action, Captain Ray Craig, Royal Engineers, second son of Isaac Craig, Senior Inspector of Schools, Cork, aged 27.

The Campbellian, Vol.IV, p.131.
'Date entered (Campbell College): Sept 1905. Date left: Dec 1909. Date of birth: 4 January 1891. Father: Isaac Craig. Parent's address: Auburn House, Athlone. Had fought in Gallipoli and the Balkans. 2nd Lieut (Oct 1914); Lieut (1915); Captain. Profession: Engineering. "Killed instantaneously in action in Palestine". Commissioned Oct 1914, having taken an engineering degree in Sept 1914. "He was through the Gallipoli campaign and afterwards in the Balkans. His sad death occurred while out on night work in the hills of Judaea".'
Supplementary information; Son of Isaac Craig (Senior Inspector of Schools) and Henrietta Craig, of "Redclyffe," Western Rd., Cork.
Isaac Murray Craig, commemorated on the Trinity
College Great War Memorial, Dublin.

Grave or Memorial Reference: T. 29. Cemetery: Ramleh War Cemetery in Israel.
Source: Tom Burnell

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