Charles Bougen was born on 15 July 1886 in Manchester, the third of seven children of police constable Charles Bougen and his wife Harriet.Shortly after his birth the family moved to the Bradford area and in 1911 they were living at 20 Peterborough Terrace, Eccleshill with 24-year-old Charles working as a railway labourer.He married Annie Baldwin at St
Mary’s, Laisterdyke on 5 December 1914 when he was already a soldier.The first we read of Charles in the Shipley Times & Express on 28 September 1917 is when he took the place of his late father at Eccleshill Parish Church to give away his sister Elsie to Gunner Joseph Holden Fernley of the R.F.A.The newspaper reported that Charles “has served in the army 13 years, three of which have been
spent on active service.“He took part in the Dardanelles operations and has been wounded three times.“The best man was Able-Seaman Walter Bougen, brother of the bride, and miss Hilda Bougen, sister, was the only bridesmaid.”Missing from the wedding was another brother, George Henry Bougen (link below) and the following month the newspaper carried a report that he had been killed in action after a year in the army and four months at the front.
On 19 April 1918 we read: “Pte Charles Bougen, of 20 Peterboro’ Terrace, Eccleshill, has been wounded for the fourth time and is now in Gravesend Hospital with wounds in the neck.“He has the Mons Ribbon. Attached to the Lincolnshire Regt he has served 14 years in the army.”We have no details of what happened to Charles after the war though it would appear that he died in January 1972.