21655 Private Hermann Unwin Ingham.

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"C" Company, 6th Battalion, Border Regiment.

Killed in action on the 29 September 1916.

Buried in the Puchevillers British Cemetery, France.

Hermann Unwin Ingham was born on the 17 August 1889 the son of Joseph Unwin and Mary Jane Ingham. He was batised at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Union Street, Bury on the 16 September 1889.

1891 census living at 47, Hurst Street, Bury, aged 1. His father is described as a cotton and cloth warehouseman.

1901 census living at 18, Heywood Street, Bury, Lancashire, a scholar aged 11. His father was described as a cotton manufacturer.

1911 census living at his grandmother's at 229, Rochdale Road, Bury, a mill mechanic aged 21. Also at this address was his widowed mother Mary Jane, brother Clarence Leslie, and sisters Helen Unwin and Constance May.

In early 1915 Hermann enlisted into the Border Regiment at Manchester and following his training with the 1st battalion embarked in December 1915 to join the 6th battalion in Gallipoli where he served briefly from 14 December 1915 until the battalion was evacuated in early January of 1916. The battalion then moved to France.

Early in September 1916 the battalion went into trenches at Ovillers from where on the 26 September 1916 they were ordered to attack towards the village and chateau of Thiepval.

The battalion War Diary records, "The waves left in grand style all along the line, Joseph and Schwaben Trenches being carried by 12.45 pm; the attack of the Border Regiment being led by Captain Carr and 2/Lieutenant Fulton who, though both wounded before the objective was reached, carried on and saw their men established; the captures amounted to 2 machine guns and 191 prisoners, while nearly a hundred enemy were killed". Hermann lost his life during this attack.

The battalion remained in postion under heavy shell fire for a week before being relieved.