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Christopher I'Anson

British Army 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queens Bays)

from:Ripon, North Yorkshire

(d.19th June 1915)

Christopher I'Anson was my 1st cousin 3x removed, the son of Christopher I'Anson and Martha Heslop and was from Ripon. He served in the 2nd Dragoon Guards, (Queens Bays), Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line. He joined in Harrogate and his service number was 6464. He was a Shoeing Smith.

Christopher died of wounds on 19th June 1915 and it appears that he died in this country as the record states 'Home', his place of residence at the time of death was Snelston so maybe he was in hosptial there. He is remembered in Nunhead All Saints Cemetery, South London, panel 3. Maybe his body was taken back to Ripon for burial but as yet I haven't looked for him there.

I don't have a photograph of him and unfortunately haven't been able to find one.


2nd Lt. H. I'Anson

Army 8th Btn. Durham Light Infantry


Pte. Arthur Samuel Ibbotson

Australian Imperial Force 42nd Btn.

from:Hemmant, Brisbane, Queensland.

(d.10th Jun 1917)


L/Cpl. Ernest William Icke

British Army 22nd Btn. Manchester Regiment


(d.1st July 1916)


2nd Lt. H. Iddon

British Army 173rd Brigade, D Bty Royal Field Artillery

(d.23rd August 1918)

Second Lieutenant Iddon is buried in Penwortham (St Mary) Church, Lancashire, Grave 353.


Tpr. Ion Llewellyn Idriess

Australian Imperial Force 5th Australian Light Horse Regiment.


Ion Llewellyn Idriess was born to parents Walter and Juliette on 20th September 1889 at WaverleyNew South Wales. He became a miner by trade, before enlisting at Townsville on 26th October 1914 at the age of 27. He left Sydney aboard HMAT Persic, on 21st December 1914 with the 5th Australian Light Horse Regiment.

While serving at Gallipoli, Idriess specialised in sniping. He sustained a bomb wound to his arm at Gallipoli in September 1915 and was evacuated back to Egypt. Idriess re-joined the 5th Australian Light Horse Regiment and served with his unit in Egypt and Palestine witnessing the charge at Beersheba. He was once again wounded in December 1917 in the fighting after the last battle of Gaza. Ion Idriess was consequently invalided home and returned to Australia on 15th February 1918.


Pte. J. Igo

British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers


J Igo was wounded in December 1916


Pte. Boamu Ohegbe Ijeh

The Royal West African Frontier Force African Pioneer Corps (West Africa),

(d.1st April 1942)

Ijeh Boamu Ohegbe was buried in the Limbe Botanical Gardens Burial Grounds in the Cameroons.


Pte. William John Ikin

British Army 18th (1st Public Works) Battalion Middlesex Regiment


I believe William Ikin was gassed at the Battle of the Somme and spent 6 months in the Middlesex hospital before being transferred to the Labour Corps in October or November 1917, he was demobbed on the 11th of June 1919


Gunner Sidney Ilett

British Army Royal Artillery C Corps


Pte. John Iley

British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers


(d.1st July 1916)

John Iley took part in the trench raid on the night of the 25th-26th of June 1916. He is named on the Thiepval Memorial


2nd Lt. William Arthur Imber

British Army 2/7th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment

from:Astbury, 43 Spencer Avenue, Coventry

(d.27th Aug 1917)

William Arthur Imber

William Arthur Imber

William Imber Served with the 2/7th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment

William Arthur Imber

William Arthur Imber

WW1 Medal Rolls Index Card

WW1 Medal Rolls Index Card

Death Penny William Arthur Imber

Death Penny William Arthur Imber

Close-up of William Arthur Imber's memorial Penny

Close-up of William Arthur Imber's memorial Penny

Close-up of William Arthur Imber's memorial Penny

Close-up of William Arthur Imber's memorial Penny


Pte. William Impson

British Army 8th Btn. Somerset Light Infantry

(d.25th Sep 1915)

Pte William Impson went missing in action on the 25th September 1915 at Chalk Pit Wood during the Battle of Loos. I have his football medal.


Capt. Douglas Edward Ince

British Army 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry


Pte. Albert Ingham

British Army 18th Btn. Manchester Regiment


(d.1st Dec 1916)

Pte. Albert Ingham served with the Manchester Regiment 18th Battalion. He was executed for desertion on 1st December 1916 and buried in the Bailleulmont Communal Cemetery in Pas-de-Calais, France. (According to Ward & Gibson (p 81), the Commission engraved on the headstone, at the insistence of the deceased’s father, the words: "Shot At Dawn. One of the First to Enlist". He had apparently been caught in civilian clothes on board a Swedish ship about to sail from Dieppe. Official records have: ‘Died of wounds’, while his Death Certificate states: ‘Shot by sentence of FGCM for Desertion'.


Sgt. Ernest Ingham

British Army 8th Btn. York and Lancaster Regiment

from:Goldthorpe, Yorkshire

(d.1st Jul 1916)

This is taken from an article in the local paper at the time:

Sergt. E. Ingham (Y and L) - Mrs Ingham has received the following letter from a warrant officer in her husbands company:- It is with the deepest sorrow and with the utmost sympathy that I write these few lines to you, thus fulfilling a promise made to your husband. It grieves me to tell you that he was killed in action on July 1st, the morning of the great attack. It may be of some little comfort to you to know that hr died as he lived-a brave man, regardless of fear, always ready at the call of duty, and although men were falling all around yet he never wavered and led his men forward to what was almost certain death. It is men like him that have made Kitcheners Army the great success it has been. May God give His consolation to you and the dear kiddies in your great trouble. The battalion suffered terribly; no officers returned and only one sergeant. -D. Sheldon, Company-Quarter-Master-Sergeant.


Pte. Evelyn Graham Ingham

British Army Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps


(d.11th October 1918)

Private Ingham was the son of John Frederick and Mary J. H. Ingham, of Warwick West. Bermuda.

He was 29 when he died and is buried in a private vault in the St. George's Military Cemetery in Bermuda.


Pte. George Leonard Ingham

British Army 19th Battalion, A Company, 3 Platoon Lancashire Fusiliers


(d.15th July 1916)

I knew that my Grandmother and Grandfather on my Mother's side had both lost a brother in WWI. Stupidly, I never asked any questions. Last Nov. 11, I decided to research them on the internet as I knew their names. My Grandmother's Brother was named George Ingham. I easily found him on the Commonwealth War Graves' site. After finding his details I input his info in Google and was taken to a page that showed his gravestone and a scan of a letter. The letter was put there by the niece of its recipient, Alf Plater. Alf was a friend and co-worker of George's in a small mill call Thornton's outside Rochdale.

The letter is dated July 8th, 1915, one week before George's death. It describes the 3rd Salfords' disastrous attack on the Leipzig Redoubt near Thiepval on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on July 1, 1916. The Salfords were depth reserve for several other battalions in the first wave. When it came time for them to advance, the British front line and communications trenches were so clogged with wounded that the battalion had to advance over open ground to the British front line. Similar to the preceding Lonsdale battalion (11th Border) and the 1st Dorset battalion, the Salfords suffered crippling casualties form German machine guns firing in enfilade from a fortification call the Nordwerk. Of the battalion's 4 companies, only A, B and one half of C were sent 'over the top.' The other half of C and D company both remained under cover once it was realized that committing them would just add to the massacre.

From the battalion war diary: "In the meanwhile A, B and part of C Company had continued their advance from the front line trenches in waves of 30 or 40 men. The leading wave, led by Lt Huxley, got within 10 yards of the German trench but out of forty men only four remained and they could get no further."

"Capt Hibbert led the next wave and succeeded in getting into the German trench. He was followed by Lt Musker and 2nd Lt George with all the men that could be collected. These were the only three officers left with the two and a half companies that had advanced, the remaining officers having been killed or wounded."

"During these operations the battalion experienced 268 casualties, that’s to say 50% of its fighting strength, having 20 officers and 577 other ranks when going into action." Note that this 50% battalion casualty rate was incurred but just over one half of the battalion. Casualties in A, B and the part of C company that advanced were at a much higher rate. In George's A company, the CO Lt. Huxley was wounded at duty and all three platoon commanders were killed in action.

George's understated letter describing this catastrophe says:

'July 8th, 1916

Dear Alf

Excuse me being so long in writing to you. I am in the pink and best of spirits. Charles told me you had been inquiring about me so I thought I should write when I had the chance. Things have been pretty hot here lately. We went over the top last week and I shall never forget it. I lost a good many of my chums and it was heartbreaking to see some of the wounded men. There were many German helmets to be got but they would be in the way. We have quite sufficient to carry. The German bayonets are awful things one edge is like a razor and the other like a double saw. The sight of them makes you ratty. Well Alf I hope you don't have to come up. How many more have listed at Thorntons. I have nothing more to write about so I will close wishing you the best of luck.

George L. Ingham"

After July 1, the 3rd Salfords were reorganized into only 2 companies. They were next in the line on July 12 at Ovillers. Interestingly one of the neighbouring battalions was the 11th Lancashire Fusiliers, where JRR Tolkien was serving as the battalion signals officer. George's battalion had Tolkien's best friend, Lt. Geoffrey Bache Smith, as its Intelligence Officer. Smith would be killed weeks later, leaving Tolkien the only survivor of his school friends who joined the British army.

In the vicious close quarter warfare in the Ovillers trenches, George's combined company was heavily engaged, again losing two of three plat0on commanders killed and one wounded. George Ingham was mortally wounded, likely by a German sniper. Per the battalion war diary most of the casualties of this fighting were due to snipers. The fact that he was evacuated to the clearing station at Warloy Baillon in the rear supports this assumption as this clearing station focused on serious head and abdominal injuries. George Ingham died of his wounds July 15th, 1916 aged 19 years. He is buried in the Communal Cemetary Extensionn at Warloy Baillon.


Gnr. Harry Ingham

British Army 150th Heavy Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery

from:62 Bailey Street, Old Basford, Nottingham


Pte. James Ingham

British Army 1/4th Btn. East Lancashire Regiment

(d.10th Jun 1915)

James Ingham was born in Burnley, Lancs and Lived at Greenwood Rocks Farm, Sabden. He died on 10th June 1915 and commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.


Pte. Joseph Ingham

British Army 250th Tunnelling Company Royal Engineers.

from:406, Huddersfield Rd., Millbrook, Stalybridge

(d.26th Jun 1917)


Pte G Ingledew

British Army 9th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers

from:1 of 16, Sarah St, Gateshead-on-Tyne.

(d.16th Apr 1918)

Ingledew, G. Private 19/1188, Died of wounds on 16th April 1918. Aged 25 years.

Buried in Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen,in grave II. E. 7.

Husband of Lily Maud Cox (formerly Ingledew), 1 of 16, Sarah St, Gateshead-on-Tyne.

Was in the 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers. However the 19th Btn records show, Private Ingledew, as posted to the 9th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers at the time of his death.

From the 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers Roll of Honour.


Elsie Inglis

Elsie Inglis was famously told by a Royal Army Medical Corps officer, when she proposed the first-ever female-run war hospitals at the beginning of the Great War, "My good lady, go home and sit still." Fortunately, Dr. Inglis had no intention of doing anything of the sort.

Inglis, who was also an active suffragist, didn't give up after the Royal Army Corps' rejection of her idea. She just asked the French the same thing. The French were a bit brighter and said yes, and the indomitable Inglis set off for France immediately to set up hospitals. Later, she headed to Serbia, where she focussed on curing typhus and maintaining a high standard of care in military hospitals, not an easy thing in those terrible trenches.

She was captured briefly, but U.S. diplomats managed to secure her release only for her to head off to Odessa to set up a Russian arm of the women's medical corps. She died of cancer in 1917, but not before being awarded the Order Of The White Eagle by the Prince of Serbia.


2nd Lt. James Malcolm Inglis

British Army 9th Btn. Royal Irish Fusiliers

from:Armagh, Co. Armagh

(d.26th Oct 1918)

James Inglis died in France of wounds received in action at Courtrai, Belgium on the 26th of October, 1918 aged 19 years & 3 months. He is remembered on the Inglis Memorial in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh.


Pte. Aneurin Ingman

British Army 15th Btn Royal Welsh Fusiliers

(d.4th Sep 1917)

Aneurin Ingman was the husband of Aileen Florence Ingman of 86 Wickham Road, London.


Pte. Herbert Ingoe

British Army 18th Battalion Manchester Regiment


(d.1st July 1916)

Herbert Ingoe was a Manchester clerk, born in 1892. Joined up on 04/09/14. He is described as having Dark hair, sallow complexion, hazel/grey eyes. 5 foot 3-and-a-half; Chest 31-and-a-half inches when fully expanded (with 2 inches expansion). Weight, 106lbs. Eyesight, D6.

As 180411, Private Ingoe, Herbert, in the 18th City Battalion of the Manchester Regiment, he seems to have stood up well to basic training. By the end of 1915, his unit would have been in France. They celebrated Christmas there. His time was divided between travel, general duties and some spells in the front line. During his service, he committed one breach of King's Regulations: reported by Corporal Beattie for losing an oil-cloth 'by neglect' - and was required to pay for a new one. The case was heard on Nov the 21st, 1915.

Preparations were in hand for the Battle of The Somme. He was killed on July the 1st 1916, during the attack on Montaubon. He was in C Company, but we do not know precisely what part he tried to play in events at Montaubon. We have heard one story, possibly apocryphal, that he was badly wounded and left in a shell-crater by comrades, and that when they returned for him, he was nowhere to be found and the crater had doubled in size.

His last effects were returned to his father, George William Ingoe, in two parcels: The First contained One note book and one hair-ribbon. The Second contained Two notebooks, a diary, a French/English dictionary, a New Testament, two letters, one postcard, three visiting-cards and two newspaper-cuttings. We wonder if the two letters were addressed to his family and sweetheart, Alice (surname unknown), rather than from home, or if the postcard was of the kind for use in the field, a form to let relatives know how things were with him at the front.

He is commemorated at on the public memorial at Boggart Hole Clough, on a Weslyan Sunday Schools Roll of Honour at Blackley and at Thiepval, on the Commonwealth monument for personnel whose bodies were lost without trace. Herbert was a Wesleyan Methodist, teetotal.

His brother Alfred (1896- 1939), joined the RAMC as a stretcher-bearer in March, 1915; served out the war in the Dardanelles and on the Western Front, and was demobilized in 1919.


Capt George Morby Ingram VC MM

Australian Imperial Force 24th Btn Citizens Military Force



Pte. Henry Ingram

British Army 1st/6th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

from:Kemble, Gloucestershire

(d.22nd Aug 1916)


Rflmn. Percival St.John Ingram

British Army 13th Battalion Rifle Brigade

from:Conway Terrace, Southampton

(d.23rd April 1917)

Percy Ingram was born in Highbury, London on the 22nd of March 1896. he was killed in action in the Second Battle of Scarpe. he had formerly served as R/18782 of KRRC. he was no War Grave, only an inscription on the Arras Memorial in France and on the Southampton Cenotaph.

Southampton Cenotaph

Southampton Cenotaph


Rfmn. Percy St John Ingram

British Army 13th Btn. Rifle Brigade


(d.24th Apr 1917)

Percy Ingram served with the 13th Battalion, Rifle Brigade during WW1 and died, age 20, on the 24th April 1917. He is remembered on the Arras Memorial, in France. He was the son of Mrs. Ellen Ingram, of 8, Conway Terrace, Peterborough Road, Southampton and my Grandmother's brother.

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