Lance Corporal John Craik was born in 1894 in Gargunnock. The son of James and Margaret Craik of Gargunnock. John enlisted in August 1915 and was serving with the 11th Battalion The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, when he was killed in action on 23rd April 1917, near Arras, aged 23. John was a gamekeeper in Gartshore prior to the outbreak of war, and was a renowned marksman. At the time of his death, he had two brothers still serving with the army in France. He is buried at the Arras Memorial at Pas de Calais, France. Six months later the Craik family lost a second son.
John’s death was reported in the parish magazine in July 1917 : “Nearest to ourselves comes the name of John Craik, so well-known in our own village, and so reminiscent to many of us of a bright face, welcome in Village Club and Rifle Club. John was a brave soldier, much liked by his comrades, and he would have been glad to know that at least the end of the fight in which he fell was victory – a victory that will not be forgotten while the story of the War is told.”