15368 Sergeant Ben Ingham.

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11th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment.

Killed in action 1 July 1916.

Buried in Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps.

The Burnley Express reported: - THREE BURNLEY LAD'S CLUB HARRIERS. TWO KILLED : ONE WOUNDED. Three close friends of the Burnley "Pals," and ardent members of the Burnley Lads' Club, are Private Arthur Brunskill, Sergeant Ben Ingham and L/Corporal William Marshall. The two former have been killed and the latter wounded on the same day, Marshall is now in hospital at Liverpool. A chaplain has written to say that he officiated at the burial of six "Pals," two of whom were Brunskill and Ingham. The three young men, who were unmarried, all joined the Lads' Club as boys, and have been closely associated with the club ever since. All were capable gymnasts, and were members of the Harriers, all having won prizes in sports. They all joined the "Pals," at the same time in September when the late Captain H. D. Riley, JP, gave the lead to his boys, and have been close companions all the time the battalion was in Egypt and France. Sergeant Ben Ingham, who was 24 years of age, was number 15368, and previously resided at 177, Accrington Road, Burnley. He had no mother or father (alive). He was formrly a weaver at Fold's Mill, Trafalgar Street, Burnley. For very many years he was an active member of Burnley Lads' Club, in which he took a great interest. He was also fond of sport, and was the secertary for the Harries of the club, and had won many prizes. He was also a Sunday School Teacher of St. Matthews Church, and at the Lads Club often took the service in the absence of Captain Riley. He has a brother who has been eight years in the Royal Navy. His only sister, who resides at 65, Williams Road, Burnley, has received the following from a comrade, "Dear Miss Ingham - Just a line to express our sorrow at loosing our platoon sergeant, who is your brother. We shall miss Ben, for he was such a good and cheerful fellow. He made life worth living when one would have given it up. I shall myself miss him, for he kept me up when I would have fallen. He died a very brave soldier, doing his duty to the very last. I remain, from the lads of the platoon, Private W. Harling, - PS - He has run his course, and therefore laid up a crown of life everlasting, amen." Ben Ingham was severly wounded before the attack began - L/Corporal William Marshall said in a letter "I am sorry to say that Ben was badly hit, before we went over, in the head and leg, but I don't know how he is going on yet--------------." Ben Ingham was the brother of K/10958 Stoker 1st Class John Ingham, Royal Navy who also lost his life during the war.