2477 Private Frederick Wallwork Ingham.

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8th Battalion, King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment).

Died of wounds on the 26 April 1917.

Aged 26, he was the son of Richard and Mary Ingham of 41, Todmorden Road, Burnley, Lancashire.

He is buried in the Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France. Although living in Burnley when he enlisted he was born at Rochdale, Lancashire.

The Burnley Express reported: - WIDOW'S SAD LOSS. A particularly sad experience has befallen Mrs. Ingham, of 41, Todmorden Road, Burnley, through the robbing of her only son Private Frederick Wallwork Ingham, (2477), of the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. Five months ago on Monday, her husband Mr. Richard Ingham, passed away, and last Monday afternoon a War Office notification came stating that her son had died of wounds received in action on April 26th.

Private Ingham who was 25 years of age, was a joiner by occupation, and a month before war broke out he enlisted into the King's Own Royal Lancaster's Special Reserve for a term of six years. He was at Lancaster begining his training when war was declared, and, naturally, was kept in the forces and sent to Saltash for further training. Whilst there he had leave, and about two years ago he went across the Channel, taking part in numerous engagements and having innumerable thrilling experiences. A short time ago he had a ten days leave from France to see his father who was then on his death bed.

When he was leaving home again he turned round four times to say goodbye to his mother and added - "I want you to look on the bright side. Supposing I get killed, you must think I have died an honourable death and for my country, and you ought to be proud of a son that dies for his country. Don't go about crying, but cheer up and look at the bright side." He was of a cheery and genial disposition, and his letters home were always bright. His last letter home was on April 15th, and in it he said - "Just a few lines to let you know I am still alive and quite well, thank God. Hope you are the same. I have just come out of a big engagement, and I have been spared once more, so you have no need to worry as I am quite all right". With the letter he sent a table centre for his mother as a birthday present, and another one for one of his aunts. He was exceedingly well known in Burnley and greatly liked. His mother has received many letters of sympathy from Rochdale where they formerly lived, and where he was held in high respect. He was connected with the Weslyan denomination, and regularly attended the chaplain's service at the front.