Harold INGHAM
Rank: Private
Number: 49063
Unit: 15th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 20 October 1917 (officially recorded as 30 October see below)
Age: 20
Cemetery: Artillery Wood Cemetery. Boezinge, Ieper, Belgium

Harold was the youngest of three brothers who served in the War. They lived at 44 Oldham Street, Reddish with their parents, William and Ann Jane Ingham. The 1901 Census records William, then aged 35, was working as general labourer. Ann, who had been born in Ireland, was also aged 35. Harold's brothers were also recorded - Daniel, 7 and William, 10.

Harold worked for R Hornsby & Sons Ltd, Reddish until he enlisted into the army on 25 September 1914. His original service number, 2535, indicates he originally joined the local Territorial Battalion - the 6th Cheshires. His on-line medal entitlement records at the National Archives confirm he must have served overseas with the 6th Battalion and his above later number indicates he transferred to the 15th in late-1916 (possibly as soon as he arrived in France). On 19 September, whilst still with the 6th Battalion, he was wounded in the right leg and buttocks. He will have transferred to the 15th Battalion when he had recovered - no doubt, it will have been in greater need of replacements.

At the time of writing (March 2005), Harold's date of death is recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as 30 October 1917. However, the Stockport Advertiser, in its edition of 2 November 1917, reports that an officer had written to Harold's family saying that he had been killed by a piece of shell while loading gun lumbers, on 20 October. The Battalion's War Diary confirms that, during the evening of the 20th, they were employed in carrying duckboards up to the front for the construction of duckboard tracks. This was at Boesinge where he is buried. On 30 October, the Battalion was a few miles to the north and it most unlikely that a man killed there would have been carried so far for burial. This information has been brought to the attention of the War Graves Commission, which, as at February 2008, still records his date of death as the 30th.

   
           
   
     
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