Pte Craigen Innes Charles

  • Date of birth: 04/07/1892
  • Place of birth: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Date of death: 15/12/1917
  • Place of death: Broodseinde, Belgium
  • Cause of death: Killed in action (K.I.A.)
  • Age: 25
  • Profession: Motorman Street Railway
  • Country: England, United Kingdom
  • Rank: Private
  • Service number: 203214
  • Enlistment date: Unknown
  • Enlistment place: Bridlington, East Riding Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Last known unit: King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 1/4th Bn.
  • Force: British Expeditionary Force


Additional information

Innes Charles Craigen was born in 1892 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. He was one of six children of James and Mary Ann Craigen. In 1914 Innes, aged 22, married Mabel Eastgate Craigen. They had a daughter named Mabel Marie. Innes worked as a tram conductor before he enlisted in the army. He first served with the Yorkshire Regiment, but was later transferred to the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 1/4th Battalion, part of the 148th Brigade of the 49th Division. He was killed in action on the 15th of December 1917.

On the 9th of December, the Brigade of Private Craigen received an operation order to relieve the 146th Brigade in the front line. On the 11th his Battalion entrained at Vlamertinghe en route for Ypres. At 1.30 p.m. his Battalion arrived in the line, without any casualties. The 148th Brigade occupied the right sub-sector of the 49th Divisional Front on the Broodseinde Ridge. Their line approximately ran from Daisy Wood to Celtic.

The Battalion dispositions were as follows: “W” Company in the right front line, “Y” Company in the left front line, “Z” Company in right support and “X” Company in left support. On the 14th the supporting Companies “X” and “Z” relieved “W” and “Y” Companies in the front line.

On the 15 of December 1917 a German shell fell in a post held by “Z” Company. Second Lieutenant Frank Ernest Jewell and two other ranks were killed a the post. One other rank was wounded.

Innes Charles Craigen was one of the two men killed, while the 1/4th King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry held the line. The 25-year-old was buried just behind the ridgeline near Broodseinde. His remains were exhumed after the war and reinterred in Passchendaele New British Cemetery.