Ingram, Thomas Edward (No. 45212)

Ingram, Thomas Edward (Thomas)

Rifleman

No. 45212, 1st Battalion, 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade, NZEF

Killed in action on Tuesday 16 July 1918 (aged 31)

Buried:

Hebuterne Military Cemetery, France (Grave I. L. 8)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

New Zealand World War One Roll of Honour

BIOGRAPHY

Thomas Edward Ingram was born on 8 February 1887 in New Zealand and he was the younger son of Thomas and Sarah Ingram (nee Cairns) who lived in Ballyloughan House, Comber before they moved to New Zealand around 1880/1881.

Thomas Ingram and Sarah Cairns were married on 5 June 1878 in Strean Presbyterian Church Newtownards.

After the Ingram family moved to New Zealand two of Thomas Edward Ingram’s aunts – Jane and Agnes Ingram – continued to live in Ballyloughan House.

Thomas Edward Ingram’s uncle, the Rev Thomas Cairns, was at one time Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Australia.

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War Thomas Edward Ingram worked in Patiki, New Zealand as a farmer.  He enlisted on 11 November 1916 at Oamaru and in his attestation papers it was noted that he was 5 feet 10 inches tall with fair hair, blue eyes and brown hair.  After training he left Wellington, New Zealand in April 1917 aboard a troopship which sailed via Sydney, Australia to Devonport, England and he disembarked there in July 1917.

Before he went to France in September 1917 with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force he visited friends and family members in Comber.  These included his aunt Miss Ingram of Ballyloughan House.

Rifleman Thomas Edward Ingram (No. 45212) served with the 1st Battalion, 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade and he was hospitalised briefly in April 1918 due to illness.

Rifleman Thomas Edward Ingram was 31 when he was killed in action on 16 July 1918 and at that time his widowed mother was living at 112 Humber Street, Oamaru, South Island, New Zealand.

Rifleman Thomas Edward Ingram was buried in Hebuterne Military Cemetery, France.