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John Robert Ingham was christened at St. Michael`s Church, Kirkham on 1st December 1895. He was the son of William Henry and Isabella Ingham (nee Catterall). William and Isabella had married at the same church on 18th April 1895.

John Robert had two more brothers, Reginald (b.1900) and Thomas Catterall (b.1904).

When the 1911 Census was recorded all the family were living at 68 Garstang Road, Wesham. John`s father was an Overlooker in a cotton mill and John was a cotton weaver.

John enlisted on the 1st September 1914 at the Preston recruiting office. He confirmed he was unmarried and had no previous military experience. He was given the service number 12813 and posted to the 7th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Two weeks later he was posted to the 6th Battalion

At his medical John was described as being 5`5” tall and weighing 113lbs. He had blue eyes and fair hair.

On the 14th June,1915 he left Farnborough Station with the 6th Battalion going to Avonmouth where they boarded the “Braemar Castle”. They sailed on the morning of the 17th June landing at Cape Helles on 6th July 1915.

On the 29th August 1915 John Robert Ingham was wounded at Gallipoli. He was sent back to Malta via the “Braemar Castle” and was back in England by the 4th November.

John was finally pronounced fit for duty in early December 1915 and was sent on leave from 4/12/15 until 13/12/15. On 31st December 1915 he was sent to France and posted to the 1st Battalion.

On the 18th August 1916, Private John Robert Ingham was listed as being missing in action.

The following article was placed in the Preston Guardian by his parents a short while later.


For official purposes Private John Robert Ingham was finally presumed to have died on 18th August 1916. His name is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial and is also on the Wesham War Memorial.


Rank: Private
Service No: 12813
Date of Death: 18/08/1916
Age: 21
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

John Robert was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

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One Response to 12813 PTE. J. R. INGHAM. L.N.LAN.R

  1. judi Fox says:

    Lance corporal William Rossall my grandmothers first husband was killed on the 16th of june 1917 at monchy le preux with 76th company of the machine gun corps. He left behind twin daughters aged 2 years Bessie and margaret Rossall . Margaret Rossall was my fathers half sister. Two more of the Rossall brothers served in ww1. Timothy whiteside Rossall died from injuries received during the war and is buried in the churchyard at Wrea green. William Rossall had very blonde hair and blue eyes a trait that runs through our family. My daughter is a lecturer in first world war and military history at Birmingham University her name is Dr. Aimee Fox-Godden. On learning about our family history as a teenager it inspired her to pursue a career in military academia.

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