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HINGHAMHINGHAMSMHenry Burgess Ingham was born in Preston in 1897, the son of Henry and Alice Maria Ingham (nee Nightingale).

Henry`s parents were married in Preston in 1888 and had nine children altogether starting with William Henry (1888- 1889), Jane A. (1890), William Henry (1892), Elizabeth (1895), Mary Alice (1901), Alice (1905), Esther (1907), Joseph Ernest (1909).

In the 1911 Census Henry was living at 50 Queen Street, Preston with his parents and siblings. His occupation at the time of the Census was a creeler in a cotton mill.

On the 6November, 1913 at the age of 16 Henry Burgess Ingham enlisted with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment as a boy soldier and was put in the 4th Battalion. In his papers it shows a short handwritten note signed by his mother in which she states:

“I have no objection to my son Henry Burgess Ingham joining the Territorial Force for 4 years”

– Alice Maria Ingham

Henry`s medical inspection report reveals that he was 5`5” tall and had a chest measurement of 30 inches and was of good physical development. Henry was given the service number 1771 which would later become 200400.

On the 1December, 1914 Henry applied to be a drummer.

What followed then was a catalogue of misdemeanours often with a recurring theme, possibly attributable to his young age:-

  • 28/3/15               Absent from church parade
  •   9/4/15              Absent from AM parade until 8.45
  • 10/4/15               Absent from defaulters
  • 29/4/15               Insolence in the ranks
  • 30/4/15               Absent from 7AM until 9AM while a defaulter
  • 18/5/15               Late on 2PM parade
  • 22/9/15               Absent from 6AM parade
  • 9/10/15               Absent from 7AM parade
  • 9/10/15               Absent from 9AM parade
  • 12/10/15              Hesitating to comply with an order
  • 29/10/15              Absent from 8AM parade till 7PM same day
  • 21/12/15              Not complying with an order
  • 24/1/16                Absent from 7AM parade until 7.45AM same day

From 16 October, 1916 until 22 October, 1916 Henry was admitted to hospital with a bout of scabies.

On the 17 February, 1917 Henry embarked at Southampton with the 2/4th Battalion bound for France. Henry was part of ‘A’ Company.

Henry was granted leave to the UK for two weeks from 9 August, 1918 returning to France on 23 August, 1918.

Just six days after returning to the front, Private Henry Burgess Ingham was killed in action during the Battle of the Scarpe on 29 August, 1918.

The Battalion account for the 29-30th August, 1918

“Moved up to the front line, taking over from the 2/4th South Lancashire. Zero hour was 1 p.m. and our first objective was the Hendecourt-Bullecourt Road, the second being Greyhound Trench. The first objective was to be taken without a barrage; and our left flank was unprotected owing to the Canadians being 1,000 yards away. We succeeded in gaining our objective, and the battalion on our right the 2/5th King`s Own Royal Lancaster, captured Riencourt. Our objective was taken by 2 p.m.The Battalion held on to its objective during the night of the 29th-30th, although the enemy attacked about 12.35 p.m. on the 30th in large numbers, he was beaten off three times, suffering heavy casualties. Owing to the battalion on our right having to retire from Riencourt, we were ordered about 1.30 p.m. to withdraw to Cemetery Avenue and this line the Battalion held until relieved about 4 p.m. by the 171st Brigade, when we moved back to the support area, and the following night was passed in Tunnel Trench”.

The following article appeared in the local paper a short while after news of Henry`s death.


Additional note: The above article refers to Henry being killed on the 31st August. His service papers confirm that he was killed in action on the 29th August, 1918 and this is also the date on his CWGC Record.

No personal effects were returned to Henry`s family.

Private Henry Burgess Ingham was awarded the British War and Victory Medals and is buried with honour in the H.A.C. Cemetery, Ecousts-St-Mein, France.

Rank: Private
Service No: 200400
Date of Death: 29/08/1918
Age: 18
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 2nd/4th Bn.

This soldier was researched and published by Janet Davis

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