In Memory of
JOHN Martin INGRAM
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Son of James and Elsie Ingram, of Waulkmill Cottage, Insch, Aberdeenshire. Brother of James Ingram.
His father was a railway wayman. His
parents Elsie Martin d 18/3/1946 age 86. James C Ingram d 3/1/1949
age 83. Both interred Insch Cemetery.
John Martin Ingram and his sister Bella
Simpson Ingram were baptised at Slack 26/6/1898.
Pte 6 GH, Old Toll. He was born at Leslie and enlisted at Insch, killed in action, served France & Flanders.
PRO, War & Victory Medals, previously 12195, Pte, GH
KIA with BEF- Army Returns
John Ingram did not proceed to France in
Nov 1914, he joined up later.
6GH Battalion War Diary entry, July 1917
Shortly before ZERO Hour (3.50am) the
enemy shelled the Front Line and ground in rear of it, but not
heavily. A few casualties were sustained by Companies in the Front
The whole moved forward under the barrage
at 5.13am and parties detailed for ASCOT COTTAGE, GATWICK HOUSE,
NEWSON'S HOUSE and MINTY'S FARM occupied these points without
The BLACK LINE was reached by "D" Company at 5.25am close under the barrage. At this time the BLACK LINE was on the left of the Battalion Front had not been occupied. The Platoon of "D" Company was therefor pushed to the left to get touch with the 1/6th SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS. This Platoon captured a Machine Gun in this part of the BLACK LINE. Machine Guns were also active from MACDONALD'S WOOD, and effective fire was directed on these by this Platoon. These Machine Guns were finally destroyed by a Tank.
The two Platoons of "A" Company detailed for HURST WOOD, BUCHCASTEL and KITCHENER'S HOUSE, passed through the BLACK LINE immediately it had been captured, and reached their objectives under the barrage.
Of the Platoons of "B" Company detailed for ADAM'S FARM, half platoon pushed forward beyond KITCHENER'S WOOD and reached ADAM'S FARM. A hostile Machine Gun in action 200 yards in advance of this point was dealt with successfully. One and a half platoons pushed on to HURST WOOD, and assisted in dealing with the two Machine Guns which were active at the North edge of the wood.
Two officers and 30 men were captured at this point. Subsequently one section pushed on to VON WERDER'S HOUSE - the remainder lost direction, and pushing out to the left, reached the neighbourhood of FRANCOIS FARM - two hostile Machine Guns which were in action here were dealt with by this party, and one officer and 50 men were captured. The loss of direction was then discovered, and they proceeded to VON WERDER'S HOUSE, where they consolidated.
"C" Company ( GREEN LINE Company) left HARDY'S TRENCH at ZERO plus 1 hour, and filing up BOAR LANE, assembled in the Front Line Trenches. Then it pushed forward to a point between the BLUE and BLACK Lines. As touch had not been obtained with Battalion on the right (16th R.B.) the officer commanding the company pushed the right flank out as far as RACECOURSE FARM.. A Machine Gun still active between that point and KITCHENER'S WOOD was dealt with by this company. The advance was then continued to a position 500 yards in front of the BLACK LINE where the Company was re-organised preparatory to moving forward to the GREEN LINE under the barrage. At 7.30am the advance was continued and the GREEN LINE was reached at 7.50am.
Consolidation was commenced about 250 yards South West of STEENBECK under observation by hostile aeroplanes. These presently retired, and the front line was moved forward about 100 yards, and the support line withdrawn an equal distance. This move was successful, as the enemy shelled the original position taken up, but failed to locate the new position.
Battalion Headquarters moved from the British Front Line to near KEMPTON PARK at 6.45am. The intention was to move thence to the BLACK LINE (MINTY'S HOUSE) as soon as possible, but hostile shelling did not admit of a telephone line being laid and maintained, until 12.30pm. Asc ommunication from the front was fairly satisfactory, Headquarters were not moved forward till that time.
Details from 6GH in France & Flanders.
1/4/1908 The original Volunteer Battalions
was reorganised and the 4th became the 6th Batt ( Territorial
Force) comprising 8 companies centred in the following areas;
4/8/1914 at Keith: Gordon Brigade, Highland
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