Korea veteran was a practical man who always wanted to help

Craig Harrison
Craig Harrison

Tributes have been paid to a soldier who fought in the Korean War before becoming heavily involved in local military groups.

Hundreds gathered at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Kettering, on Monday, January 7, for the funeral of Craig Harrison, who died on December 23 aged 79.

He had served in Korea with the Royal Tank Regiment in the early 1950s, and later helped found the Kettering, Corby and District branch of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) Association.

Frank Robinson, current branch president, said Mr Harrison was very well-liked.

“Craig was very much a family chap,” Mr Robinson said. “And he always wanted to help you.

“He loved being under a vehicle, he loved being a soldier.

“We used to talk and talk and talk. He will be missed.”

Mr Harrison was also an active member of the REME caravan and camping club, and had a passion for stock car racing – something he passed on to his son Murray and grandson Ryan, who are both champion racers.

David Ormond, secretary of the local REME assocation, said: “He was very practical. If you saw a car bonnet open it was always his bum sticking out of it.”

Mr Harrison leaves his wife Marion and three children as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.