George Thomas Ingram

Date of birth: June 1882
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Dragoon Guards
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 5991
Died: 20th November 1914, aged 32 years
Commemorated: Ypres (Menin Gate), Belgium

 

George was the third of 7 siblings born to Harry Bartlett and Frances Alexandra Ingram (nee Parsons), who married in Southampton in 1878.

 

Harry was born in Millbrook in 1860; unfortunately he died in the city in 1890, aged only 30 years.

Frances married Ernest Ebeneezer Gardner in Shirley in 1902, and the couple had 2 daughters.

 

Frances, a stewardess on ships, was born in Freemantle on 3 June 1863 and she passed away in Shirley in 1943 whilst living at 99 Foundry Lane.

 

The family had lived at 93 Foundry Lane since at least 1905.

 

Siblings 

Harry Alexander F.   b. 11 September 1879 St. Mary’s   d. 1947 Southampton Married Annie Louisa Giles in Southampton in 1902.

William Charles   b. 29 August 1880 Southampton   d. 1939 Southampton   Married Florence Egerton in Millbrook on 3 October 1901.

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Marian Thirza R.   b. 2 August 1884 Shirley   d. ??   Married Charles Green in Shirley in 1908.

Beatrice May   b. 1887 Shirley   d. 1970 Southampton   Married John Charles Biles (died 26.11.1914 aboard HMS Bulwark) in Southampton in 1914. Married Archibald J. Meager in Southampton in 1918.

Dorothy Frances   b. 2 November 1889 Shirley   d. 1975 Winchester   Married Henry James Gaywood in Southampton in 1912.

Harriet Frances   b. 7 January 1891 Shirley   d. 1988 Southampton Married Harry Angel in Southampton in 1916.

 

Half-sister Lucy Frances Alexandra   b. 19 November 1903 Shirley   d. 1990 Southampton   Married Stuart H. Newman in Southampton in 1927.

Half-sister Lilian Mandy b. 1906 Shirley   d. 1912 Shirley

 

 

George attested into the R.G.A. on 17 January 1905, but was enlisted into the Dragoons on 14 March 1905.

At the outbreak of war, the brigade was in Lucknow as part of the Lucknow Cavalry Brigade.

 

They landed at Marseilles on 7 November 1914, still part of the L.C.B but in the 1st Indian Cavalry Division.

 

On 26 November 1916, the Division was renamed the 4th Cavalry Division and the battalion left the brigade on 7 October 1917 and returned to India.

 

It can be seen from the dates that George did not survive long in Europe.

His Division lost a huge number of men during the first few weeks of the war, mainly based in Belgian Flanders.

 

George probably succumbed during general trench warfare, because his battalion only took part in one major battle whilst in Europe (Battle of Cambrai, November 1917).

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 3rd October 2016
Updated:

 

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