Captain James Craig Giffen MC

Conflictfull listWW1
Unit2nd Battalion Cameron Highlanders
Service No
Born18 February 1880 Strathhaven, Lanarkshire
ParentsJohn & Margaret Giffen (nee Craig)
DiedDied of Wounds 22 December 1916

Spouse: Robina (nee Birkens)

Buried: Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension IV. F. 5.

Further information received from Katherine Knight in Australia 19 May 2010 about her great grandfather, enabling completion of all details: "James Craig Giffen (Reg No. 3883) was my great-grandfather, he was born 18/02/1880 in Strathaven, Lanarkshire to John & Margaret Giffen (nee Craig).

He enlisted in the Cameron Highlanders in 1897. He married Robina Birkens in Inverness in 1904. They subsequently had six children (three born in Inverness - one my grandfather William, one born in Aldershot and two born in India). After his death his widow emigrated to Vancouver, Canada in 1919.

The WWI timeline I have for him (as sketchy as it is):

20/12/14 - Disembarked Le Havre
25/02/15 - Received Commission - Promoted to 2nd Lt.
29/06/15 - Awarded Military Cross
03/02/16 - Promoted to Lt.
22/09/16 - Promoted to Captain
22/12/16 - Died of Wounds"


  • Dornoch War Memorial
  • Congregation Roll of Honour, Dornoch Cathedral
  • Congregation Memorial Window, Dornoch Cathedral

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