Private George Leonard Ingram. 25th Battalion (Tyneside Irish), Northumberland Fusiliers

Today’s featured plate is of Private George Leonard Ingram. The information we have on this man is very limited. Indeed, it demonstrates the very little information we are able to uncover about a large number of the individuals in our plates. However, a small detail uncovered in the research of this man offers a poignant insight into his experience and that of his family. It is these details that humanise our glass plates and which, for the most part, sadly remain hidden from us – or perhaps that is exactly how it should be.

Private George Leonard Ingram. 25th Battalion (Tyneside Irish), Northumberland Fusiliers (formerly of the Royal West Kent Regiment). Lived at 4 Bell Cottages, Ewell Road, Cheam.

Pte George Ingram, Photographed by Knights-Whittome.

George Ingram, Photographed by Knights-Whittome in 1915.

Born in Cheam, George was the son of William and Ellen Ingram of Cheam. He married Ada Potter in 1914 and had two daughters – Winifred and Nora. Like his father, George worked as a carter.

George was mortally wounded at the Battle of Arras (9 April – 16 May 1917) where a total of 160,000 British soldiers lost their lives. He is buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery and commemorated on the Cheam War Memorial.

Wills

Soldiers were required to write a will before going into active service. Many of these wills tend to have the same wording which was probably dictated to them. The final handwritten wills were kept by troops in their pocket service books and tucked into their uniforms.

However George Ingram’s will appears to have been written as he lay badly wounded – knowing he was not going to make it. He could barely write.

Dated 28 April 1917

I leave all my personal belongings to my wife A. Ingram, 4 Bell Cottages, Cheam, Surrey. I am severely wounded when writing this. Love to the children. We shall meet in heaven. George.

George died 11 days later on the 9 May 1917.

An excerpt from George Ingram's handwritten will

An excerpt from George Ingram’s handwritten will, courtesy of gov.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Private George Leonard Ingram. 25th Battalion (Tyneside Irish), Northumberland Fusiliers

  1. Thank you for posting this. George is my Maternal Grandfather. My Mothe, Nora (known as May) sadly she died three years ago, aged 96. She would have been so pleased to have seen your blog. I have a photo of George with Ada, his wife and both my Mother and my aunt. Would you be interested in adding this to your blog?

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    • Dear Linda, thank you so much for getting in touch. Hearing from family members of the sitters in our images is very rewarding for all of us working on this project. We would be very grateful for an additional image and any other information you would like to add to the blog. Thanks so much for your interest in our project. Regards Abby Matthews, Project Officer

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