Jack Basil CRAIG

CRAIG, Jack Basil

Service Numbers: 2038, 264148
Enlisted: 17 September 1914, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit: HQ Directorate of Personnel Services (RAAF)
Born: Dunedin, New Zealand, 22 August 1895
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Zercho's College, Melbourne
Occupation: Commercial Traveller
Died: Natural causes (aneurysm), Ashfield, New South Wales, 15 April 1981, aged 85 years
Cemetery: Rookwood Cemetery & Crematorium
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World War 1 Service

17 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2038, Melbourne, Victoria
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2038, 2nd Field Ambulance, HMAT Berrima, Melbourne
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2038, 2nd Field Ambulance, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2038, 2nd Field Ambulance, ANZAC Gallipoli
29 Jan 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 14th Field Ambulance
31 Aug 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 2038, 14th Field Ambulance

World War 2 Service

17 Jan 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, SN 264148, Melbourne, Victoria
15 Sep 1946: Involvement Flight Lieutenant, SN 264148, RAAF Headquarters Defence Publishing Services , Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces
16 Sep 1946: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, SN 264148, HQ Directorate of Personnel Services (RAAF)

Grand-dad

25 Apr 2015: If my grandfather had not survived the landing at Gallipoli 100 years ago today, I would not be here to help tell his story.

John, aka Jack, Craig was my “father” for a time, and that, I think, is why I survived the trauma of my parent’s separation. He was a peace-loving man, an environmentalist and early nutritionist, a home gardener and inventor, and he cared for others, especially the “battlers” and new arrivals who sought a future in Australia, as he had.

Jack Craig stayed as a stretcher bearer until the Evacuation of Gallipoli with the 2nd and 14th Field Ambulance through Europe, and enlisted in the Air Force in WWII. This tribute is dedicated to the 15 direct descendants of this wonderful man, and his wider family, and to all who choose peace over conflict, just as he did.

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(25 Apr 2015)

"If my grandfather had not survived the landing at Gallipoli 100 years ago today, I would not be here to help tell his story.

John, aka Jack, Craig was my "father" for a time, and that, I think, is why I survived the trauma of my parent’s separation. He was a peace-loving man, an environmentalist and early nutritionist, a home gardener and inventor, and he cared for others, especially the "battlers" and new arrivals who sought a future in Australia, as he had.

Jack Craig stayed as a stretcher bearer until the Evacuation of Gallipoli, he served with the 2nd and 14th Field Ambulance throughout the Western Front, and then enlisted for service again in WW2 in the Royal Australian Air Force.

This tribute is dedicated to the 15 direct descendants of this wonderful man, and his wider family, and to all who choose peace over conflict, just as he did.

More about Jack is still to be written..."Submitted by Michael Craig Scott

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