William Crawford Nairn (c.1892-1917)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

NAIRN, WILLIAM CRAWFORD. Corporal. No 21/796. 21st Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. Born Carluke, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Fourth son of Robert and Christina Nairn, 'Stoney Croft', 5 Brougham Road, Marsden. Was a member of the Marsden Adult School Institute. Played football with the Marsden United Football Club. Employed as a finisher by Mr J. E. Crowther, Bank Bottom Mills. Enlisted 14.2.1916. Embarked for France in June, 1916. Killed in action, 6.5.1917, aged 25 years. Buried CRUMP TRENCH BRITISH CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 1, Row C, Grave 31.
His parents received the following letterfrom Captain Brazier, 'I deeply regret to inform you that your son, Corporal W.C. Nairn, was killed in action on the night of Saturday May 5th. We were working in a trench and encounterred hostile shelling, your son unfortunately being hit in the body. He was taken to a dressing station quite near but the doctor gave but little hope of his recovery. He passed away half an hour later being unconscious all the time. What a sad blow it will be to you. We are all very much pained at the loss of such a splendid fellow. Your son was one of my trusted N.C.O's. He was with me ever since he joined the army. We buried him in a British cemetery close to where he fell and placed a wooden cross thereon inscribed with his name.'
ROH:- Marsden War Memorial.