James Craig VC.

The grave of Colour Sergeant James Craig VC. may be found in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Valley Road, South End, Port Elizabeth. Google Earth co-ordinates for the grave are: 33° 57.936’S; 25° 37.561’E. Special thanks to Ronnie Lovemore for his perseverance in finding this grave and cleaning it up. These photographs were taken on 04/11/2011 and used with permission.

James Craig (10/09/1824 – 18/03/1861) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Crimean War

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 22065, Page: 3920, reads:

“Military Train, 3rd – Battalion (late Serjeant, Scots Fusilier Guards)

Ensign and Adjutant James Craig, Date of Act of Bravery, 6th September, 1855.

For having volunteered, and personally collected other volunteers, to go out under a heavy fire of grape and small arms, on the night of the 6th September, 1855, when in the right advanced sap, in front of the Redan, to look for Captain Buckley, Scots Fusilier Guards, who was supposed to be wounded.
Serjeant Craig brought in, with the assistance of a Drummer, the body of that Officer, whom he found dead,—in the performance of which act he was wounded.”

The grave of James Craig VC.

The grave of James Craig VC.

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