John McFarlane (Jack) Craig was born on 24 November 1891 in Ottawa, Ontario. His father John McFarlane Craig was from Paisley, Scotland while his mother Elizabeth Hill was from Ireland. The couple married during the month of August in 1886 at the Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church in Montreal, Quebec. Settling in the Ottawa area, at the time of the 1891 census John, Elizabeth and their children were living with John’s parents, with John Jr’s occupation given as miner although he would later work as a carpenter. Children born in Ottawa were Walter Robert (1887), Christina McFarlane (1889), John, Ellen Hill (1894), Henry Hill (1896), David Hill (1899), Edna Adelaide (1902), and Wilhelmina (1905). Moving to the Winnipeg, Manitoba area, children born in Manitoba were Elizabeth Hill (1908), and Thomas Alfred (1911).
Drafted under the Military Service Act of 1917, Jack was called up for service on 18 April 1918 in Winnipeg. His year of birth was given as 1892, occupation as fireman, and his mother Elizabeth in Winnipeg as next of kin. First assigned to the 1st Depot Battalion, Manitoba Regiment, Jack arrived in England with the 76th Draft Engineers on 15 July 1918 aboard the Valacia. After training in England, he arrived in France in late September to serve with the 5th Battalion, Canadian Engineers. In March of 1919 Jack was granted a two week leave to the UK. With the end of the war he returned to England in mid April 1919. Embarking from Liverpool for Canada on the Cedric on 19 May, Jack was discharged from service on demobilization on 29 May 1919 at Ottawa, rank of Driver.
Jack’s oldest brother Walter
enlisted in February of 1917 in Winnipeg with the No 1 Section Skilled Employees, Canadian Railway Troops. Once overseas the unit was later redesignated as the 12th (Canadian) Light Railway Operating Company, Royal Engineers on 16 March 1917 and as No 58 Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company (Canadians) Royal Engineers on 7 April 1917. He later briefly served with the 13th Battalion, CRT. Walter married Hester Bull during the 3rd quarter of 1918 in the registration district of Romford in Essex. They returned to Canada in August of 1919. Jack’s brother David
enlisted in April of 1918 and served in England with the Canadian Railway Troops Depot. His brother Henry
was also drafted and after being given a leave, was later discharged from service in Winnipeg in early January of 1919.
Returning to Winnipeg, on 28 August 1920, in Winnipeg, Jack married Dorothy Esther Martin. Born as Dorothy Esther Polley in December of 1898 and with her birth registered during the 1st quarter of 1899 in the registration district of Colchester, Essex, England, by the time of the 1901 census Dorothy was listed as a boarder with the Charles and Mary Martin family in Colchester. When Mary and some of the family immigrated to Canada in 1909 to join Charles in Kenora, Ontario, Dorothy, with the surname of Martin, was found with them on the passenger list of the Sardinian that arrived in Quebec on 15 May.
Jack and Dorothy were to make Seven Sisters Falls in rural southeastern Manitoba their home. Voters lists for the area gave Jack’s occupation firstly as agent, then as crane operator, and in latter years as engineer. The couple gave birth to two known children, Jack Hill Jr and Joy.
Jack died on 18 August 1980 in the Beausejour Hospital. At the time of his death he was survived by his daughter Joy (Dave) Moors and family of Winnipeg, daughter-in-law Linda Craig of Seven Sisters Falls, eight grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. He was also survived by his brother Tom in Winnipeg ( d 1983 in Victoria, BC) and sister Ellen Carter in Michigan (d 1986 in Mount Clemens, Michigan). Jack was predeceased by his wife Dorothy on 26 April 1969, his son Jack on 17 January 1975, sister Elizabeth in 1916, mother Elizabeth in 1925, father John in 1929, all in Winnipeg, siblings Wilhelmina (Harry) Almond in 1949 in Windsor, Ontario, David in 1957 in Kenora, Walter in 1960 in Winnipeg, Edna (Laurence) Toby in 1974 in Victoria, and Henry in 1975 in Kenora. Along with his wife and son, Jack is interred in the Saint Pauls Lutheran Cemetery in River Hills, Manitoba.