Craggs, John James


He was the son of Sir John George Craggs, M.V.O. He entered Culverlea as an Exhibitioner from Mr. Thring’s school at Brighton, became a Commoner Prefect and a member of Commoner XV and rowed in School IV. He was articled as an accountant to Sir William Plender, and later¬†entered his father’s firm (Craggs, Turketine & Co.), in which he ultimately became a partner. He was a prominent member of the London Rowing Club, which he represented at Henley from 1909 to 1911, and again in 1913 and 1914.

He was killed at the head of his platoon on February 17th 1917, while serving with the 1st Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps. His commanding officer wrote to his parents: “Your son had only been a very short time with us, but we all liked him very much, and he would have made a very good officer. Before we attacked, we had to lie in the open for sometime under heavy shell-fire, and your son did very good work in going about encouraging the men. He was killed at the very commencement of the attack”.

He is commemorated on the war memorial in St Jude’s Church, South Kensington.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Craggs
  • Forenames or initials: John James
  • House: G
  • Years in School: 1901-1905
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Regiment: King's Royal Rifle Corps
  • Date of Birth: 1st August 1887
  • Date of Death: 17th February 1917
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer B6
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: AVELUY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION: Grave M. 25.