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Frederick Walter Crawford

F.W. Crawford, 1910
F.W. Crawford, M.A.C. Class of 1912



Crawford, Frederick Walter, B.S.A. (1911), formerly Assistant in Animal Husbandry (1912-13), Manitoba Agricultural College, Law student ‘17. Medals/Honours: Military Medal (MM). Military Service: Lieutenant, Reg. No. 475306, 4th University Co. PPCLI, R.A.F.[Royal Air Force], Attestation Papers. Diary References: “Met [F. W.] Crawford who used to lecture at the M.A.C. Came up in the last draft from Shorncliffe last night,” 2:21 Mar ’16; “[F. W.] Crawford and I went down to the Scottish lines this morning – he to visit Col. [H. M.] Dyer and I to see Allan Bell,” 3:8 July ’16; “Coming back we met [F. W.] Crawford and [H. S.] Redding [Reading],” 4:13 May ’17.

Additional Biographical Information:

After his graduation, Mr. Crawford returned to his home farm at Brandon, but prior to joining the staff of M.A.C., he had worked for the college, “doing short-course lecture work, lecturing on the special trains, and judging stock at agricultural society fairs.”(The M.A.C. Gazette, v. VI, no. 1 (Oct. 1912), p. 53.) In fact, he was “in charge of the short course work of the College Extension department in the district comprising Franklin, Minnedosa, Rapid City, Miniota, Crandall and intervening points.” (The M.A.C. Gazette, v. VI, no. 1 (Oct. 1912), p. 74.)

Crawford spent a year at the college, then returned to the farm. He joined the 4th University Company in September 1915, then transferred to the P.P.C.L.I. Lt. Crawford earned the Military Medal, while serving with his regiment in France and Belgium. He survived and returned to Canada in 1919.

Walter Crawford became a lecturer in Animal Husbandry in the fall of 1912, replacing E. W. Jones, who had been appointed Assistant Managing Director of Agricultural Societies for Manitoba. Crawford was a former student of the M. A. C. who had taken an active role in College life prior to his graduation with a B.S.A. in 1911. He was “a member of the football and hockey teams, president of his class, president of the student executive, a member of the inter-collegiate debating team, and a member of the first stock judging team that represented Manitoba in the student judging contests at the St .Paul Fat Stock Show at St. Paul and at the International Live Stock Show at Chicago. In both of these contests Mr. Crawford distinguished himself as a competent judge of live stock.”
University of Manitoba, Archives and Special Collections, M.A.C. Gazette, v. VI, no. 1 (Oct. 1912), p. 53.

Crawford, who was born at Chater, Manitoba, was an outstanding student, who graduated in 1911 with a BSA and was an assistant in the Animal Husbandry Department at M.A.C between 1912 and 1914, when he “resigned to study law in the interests of agriculture.”
University of Manitoba, Archives and Special Collections, The M.A.C. Gazette, 1914-1915, v. VIII, No. 4 (Feb 1915), 48.

Graduate of M.A.C., F. W. Crawford (Military Medal), 475306, 4th Univ. Co. P.P.C.L.I.
University of Manitoba, Archives and Special Collections, Managra, v. XI, No. 1 (Nov 1917), p. 6.

Crawford, Frederick Walter: BSA, 1911; Law ’17; Enlisted 1915; Pte. 4th O/S University Co.; Lce. Cpl; Transferred to PPCLI; Lieut; Seconded to R.A.F. 24-11-17; Service in France; M.M. 9-7-17; Discharged Winnipeg 6-5-19.
University of Manitoba, Roll of Honour 1914-1918 (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba, 1923), 55.