Aural Sculptors - The Stranglers Live 1976 to the Present

Welcome to Aural Sculptors, a blog aimed at bringing the music of The Stranglers to as wide an audience as possible. Whilst all of the various members of the band that have passed through the ranks since 1974 are accomplished studio musicians, it is on stage where the band have for me had their biggest impact.

As a collector of their live recordings for many years I want to share some of the better quality material with other fans. By selecting the higher quality recordings I hope to present The Stranglers in the best possible light for the benefit of those less familiar with their material than the hardcore fan.

Needless to say, this site will steer well clear of any officially released material. As well as live gigs, I will post demos, radio interviews and anything else that I feel may be of interest.

In addition, occasionally I will post material by other bands, related or otherwise, that mean a lot to me.

Your comments and/or contributions are most welcome. Please email me at

Saturday 30 August 2014

A Poignant Tale From The Great War - Mesopotamia 1917 - Supplemented

Private James Craig 22899 of the 6th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Killed in action in Mesopotamia on 9th March 1917 aged 21.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a piece on the First World War. The post was based around some original letters from two cousins, both serving in Mesopotamia in 1917 with the 6th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment then fighting the Turkish forces of the Ottoman Empire.

The original article can be viewed here.

After seeing the article, the niece of Private James Craig passed on some photographs of the man for inclusion here. To see a photograph of the man whose death on the front line by virtue of a sniper's bullet is described to family back home in Bolton by his cousin-in-arms, Benny Hobson, really focuses the personal tragedy of the conflict.

Private Craig (seated second from the right in the second row) with fellow soldiers of the
Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

A contemporary photograph of the Basra memorial in its original location of the main quay of the naval dockyard at Maqil, on the west bank of the Shatt-al-Arab.
The name 'J. Craig' can be seen on the panel second from bottom on the right hand column.

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