THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
CRAIG George
12/360, Lieutenant Colonel, NZ Medical Corps

CITATION
Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 1 January 1919, p22
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  On March 26th 1918, when this division filled a gap in the line in front of Mailly-Maillet No 1 New Zealand Field Ambulance, Commanded by this officer, was detailed for the evacuation of wounded from the forward area.  He established an Advanced Dressing Station at Mailly-Maillet and at once reconnoitred and located the Regimental Aid Posts, a matter of no small difficulty at this time owing to uncertainty of the location of the troops.  On the afternoon of March 27th Lieutenant Colonel Craig was informed that a number of wounded were lying in the neighbourhood of an aid post at Colincamps.  Although the road was being heavily shelled at the time, and the car in which he was travelling was struck, he succeeded in reaching this post and evacuating the wounded although the road continued to be subjected to shell and machinegun shell fire from the forward area.  This unit continued the evacuation of wounded until 24.4.18, and during the whole of this time Lieutenant Colonel Craig constantly visited all advanced posts where his presence not only greatly assisted the rapid evacuation but his example was an inspiration to all which whom he came into contact.   During this period the area was liable to intermittent bursts of heavy shellfire.  This officer was Mentioned in Despatches for valuable service on Gallipoli, and named in NZEF Orders of 15.10.17 for gallant conduct during an air raid on London

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 5 August 1915, p7669
Mentioned in General Ian Hamilton’s despatch of 20 May 915 (Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean Expeditionary Force)

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 31 December 1918, p15231
Sir D. Haig’s despatch dated 8 November 1918 submitting names deserving of special mention


AWARDS
Distinguished Service Order
Queen’s South Africa Medal
       Diamond Hill, Orange Free State, Cape Colony, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
       Mention in Despatches (2)
NZ Long and Efficient Service Medal

NOTES
Born 17 February 1871, Scotland
Died 17 June 1847, Auckland, New Zealand