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02 May 1880
Nottingham
He was the second son of Sir James W. and Lady Maria Elizabeth Mccraith of 'Ellenborough House' South Road The Park Nottingham. Sir James was Sheriff of Nottingham. He was the brother of Douglas, Kenneth Yorke and Violet Muriel McCraith.
Educated Clifton College and the Royal Engineering College. Served in the Public Works Dept, India, 1901-1908, retired on the grounds of ill health. Subsequently became an auctioneer and estate agent in Nottingham. Fellow of the Surveyors' Institution.
26 Jan 1919
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86121 - CWGC Website
Major
Royal Engineers
He served with 1st Base Park Company. He volunteered for active service on the outbreak of war and was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant Royal Engineers in September 1914, promoted Lieutenant and then Captain in December 1915 and Major in June 1916. He served in France and Flanders from 7 February 1915 but was invalided home the following April after being severely wounded at Neuve Elgise. He rejoined his unit in November 1916 and in 1917 was appointed second in command at a base park near Calais. Extract from 'The Staffordshire Brigade at Wulverghem, April to June 1915' (www.hellfirecorner.co.uk/wulver.htm): 'Not all casualties caused by artillery fire were the result of German shells. On 29th April, 10B Trench, at that time held by "A" Company of the 1/5th South Staffords, was hit by a "short" fired from one of the supporting batteries near Kemmel ... Three other men in the trench, including Captain Bernard McCraith of 1/2nd North Midland Field Company, Royal Engineers, were wounded by shrapnel.' He died at No 30 Military Hospital, Calais, from pneumonia probably as a complication of influenza and is buried at Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte.
Inscription family headstone: 'In loving memory of Major Bernard McCraith, R.E. 46th North Midland Division, the second son of Sir James William McCraith, K.T. and Maria Elizabeth, his wife, who died of pneumonia while serving in France on Jany. 26th 1919, aged 38 years and was buried in the military cemetery Le Baraques Sangatte, Calais.' The family also placed a plaque in Nottingham St Mary's church with the same inscription (WMA 27412)
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