|Noel Newman Lombard Craig|
|Born||11 November 1884|
|Died||31 October 1968(aged 83)|
|Place of birth||Ireland|
|Place of death||Titusville, Pennsylvania|
|Service/branch||Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, Royal Munster Fusiliers|
|Years of service||1906–1924|
World War I
|Awards||Distinguished Service Order, Legion of Honour & Sword of Honour|
|Other work||Military Attaché, British Diplomatic Service|
Noel Newman Lombard Craig (1884–1968) was an Irish soldier who served in the First World War. He was decorated on several occasions including Distinguished Service Order, Legion of Honour, Order of the British Empire and the Sword of Honour.
Early life[edit | edit source]
Craig was born in 1884, presumably in Ireland. He was given the nickname "Bungo" by his older brother, after he put a cat into a toilet as a child. He attended Trinity College, Dublin to study politics, graduating with a B.A. in 1905. He enlisted into the Cameron Highlanders in 1906, later transferring to The Royal Munster Fusiliers. During his training Craig was awarded the Sword of Honour for excellence in military training.
Military and Decorations[edit | edit source]
Whilst a member of the Royal Munster Fusiliers, Craig served in India until 1913. He fought at the Battle of Messines. In June 1917, at Wytschaete, he was the only one of a group of officers to survive German shelling.
During World War II, Craig was a Military attaché and was posted to Norway, Finland, Spain, and Denmark, with his activities earning him a place on the Nazi blacklist. Craig was awarded a number of honours including the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and becoming a member of the French Legion of Honour.
Later life[edit | edit source]
Craig married Marian Eleanor Quinby in 1926, having at least one child, a daughter Clemency. Craig retired from the British diplomatic service in 1954, returning to London to practice law at King’s Inn. He was also a published author, writing several novels and over fifty short stories, including Gulfs (1932). Quinby was a native of Titusville, Pennsylvania, with Craig appearing to retire there later in life.
References[edit | edit source]
- Anonymous. "The Half-Yearly Army List for the Period Ending 31st December 1939". http://www.mocavo.com/The-Half-Yearly-Army-List-for-the-Period-Ending-31st-December-1939-Volume-July-December-1939/985565/948. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
- Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association. "Stories / Colonel Noel Newman Lombard Craig, 1884 – 1968 The Royal Munster Fusiliers". http://greatwar.ie/stories/noel-craig/. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
- Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh (1976). Burke's Irish Family Records. London: Burkes Peerage Ltd.
- Forgotten Books. "pp. 59–60". http://www.forgottenbooks.com/readbook_text/Catalogue_1000738222/59. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
- Anonymous (23 August 1975). "Marian Craig Succumbs in Swizterland". http://newspaperarchive.com/us/pennsylvania/titusville/titusville-herald/1975/08-23/page-2. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
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