Frederick Charles Ingram

Date of birth: 1887
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: Not known
Rank: Fireman
Vessel: HMT Aragon
Battalion: Mercantile Marine
Died: 31st December 1917 aged 30 years
Death location: At sea in the waters off Alexandria, Egypt


Life before the War
Frederick  was the sixth of 14 siblings born to Richard and Elizabeth Jemima, nee Mintram.  Elizabeth also had a son from a previous relationship, George, who was born in 1876.

Richard was born in 1857 and Elizabeth in 1859; they married in Southampton in 1878.  Richard died in 1934 with Elizabeth passing away in 1936.

The family lived in various addresses around the city but settled at “Shanklin” in Foundry Lane, Shirley.

All 14 children were born in Southampton.

William Arthur   b.1879 and d.1901 Southampton.

Florence ELLEN   b.1880 and d.1958 Southampton.  Married George Robert Jones in Southampton in 1910.

Lily Louise   b.1882 and d.1967.   Married Thomas White in Southampton in 1903.

Elizabeth Ethel  b.1884 and d. 1943 Southampton.   Married George H. Woodford in Southampton in 1913.

Alice Maud   b.1886 and d.1978 Southampton.


Walter James  b.15 March 1889 and d.1971 Southampton.  Married Rosa M. Crickmore in Southampton in 1917.

Rose Rachel    b.1891 and d.1971 Southampton.   Married Arthur E. French in Southampton in 1915.

Elsie Olive    b.1895 and d.1984 Southampton.

Ada Amy    b.1897 and d.1989 New Forest.

May   b.Oct 1896 and d.April 1897.

Jessie Gertrude   b.1899 and d.1971 New Forest.

Lucy Bertha   b.1900 and d.1982 Southampton.   Married Victor A. Furge in Southampton in 1930.

Evelyn Hilda   b.1903 and d.1995 New Forest.   Married Fred Jerram in Southamptom in 1946.

War Service
Aragon was originally a Royal Mail ship, built in Ireland in 1905, and worked routes between Southampton and South American ports.

In 1913 Aragon became Britain’s first “Defensively Armed Merchant Ship” (DAMS) of modern times.  She took part in the Gallipoli campaign in 1915, used as a troop ship, prior to returning to UK waters.

In December 1917 Aragon departed for Alexandria loaded with 2200 troops bound for the Palestine campaign against the Ottoman Empire.  Moored about 10 miles outside Alexandria on the morning of 31 December the vessel was hit on the port side aft by a torpedo fired from UC-34.  Her escort, HMS Attack and HMS Points Castle, rescued whom they could prior to the vessel sinking within 20 minutes.  HMS Attack was then herself torpedoed, breaking into two pieces she sank within 7 minutes.

Survivors were picked up by the lifeboats from Aragon that hadn’t been damaged by the original torpedo.  610 personnel lost their lives on Aragon, 19 of them crew.

Frederick is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London, which commemorates
almost 12,000 men and women of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets who died
in both World Wars and who have no known grave.  As with Southampton’s Cenotaph,
the WWI section of the Tower Hill Memorial was also designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published.: 21st January 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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  1. Not sure if you would be interested, but about twenty years ago I researched servicemen of Northam in the Great war. I have visited the grave’s, if they had no know grave I found where the regiment was in action on the day they were killed and visited the site and also the memorials. This is a bit about one chap that is no in your list from my research. (have not included pictures)
    Lance Sergeant Henry Walter Ingram (Northam) and Private Charlie Gibbard (St. Denys), both in the 10th Hampshire Regiment, left for Liverpool on the 6th of July and sailed on the ‘Transylvania’ on the 7th.

    Called at Gilbraltar (11th), Malta (14th), Egypt on the 17th (Alexandria), Lemmos (18th), Mudros (21st). Sailed for Gallipoli on the 5th. Landed at Anzac Cove in on the 6th of August and moved to the dug outs in Bridges road, south side of Shrapnel Gully, then through Aghyl Dere on the 9th. They moved forward on the 10th north of Rhododendron Spur and went into action at ‘The Farm’.

    Losses that day: 19 Officers; of other ranks- 55 killed, 276 wounded, 97 missing, 3 wounded and missing. Both men are commemorated on the Hellas Memorial, Panels 125-134 or 223-226 228-229 328.
    The first picture is Anzac Cove as Henry and Charlie would have seen it.
    The second picture is of Dugouts.
    The third picture is B beach and C beach on the left. At the top of the picture is the Salt lake and Suvla Bay.
    In the foreground is ‘The Farm’: Henry’s and Charlie’s resting place.
    And the Hellas Memorial.

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