49668 Private Jarvis Ingham.

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16th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment.

Killed in action on the 4 April 1918.

Born at Dukinfield in March 1887, the son of Walter and Annie Elizabeth Ingham (neƩ Swann). Annie Elizabeth was the widow of James Siddley who she had married in 1876, he died in 1879, she married Walter Ingham in 1882.

On the 1891 census Jarvis (4) was living with his family at 150, Brierley Street, Stalybridge. His father Walter was described as being head of household, aged 38 and working as yard foreman at the gas works; his mother Annie Elizabeth (40) and sisters Annie (8), Charity (2) and 2 month old Faith were also present.

On the 1901 census Jarvis (14) a cotton spinner was living with his family at 146, Brierley Street, Stalybridge, Cheshire. His mother Annie (50) was now a widow working as a cotton weaver. Also in the household were Annie (18) a cotton weaver, Charity (12) a half time cotton weaver, Faith (10) and John (7), both scholars. Walter his father had died in 1899.

On the 1911 census, living at 150, Brierley Street, Stalybridge was Jarvis Ingham, aged 24 and head of household, working as a cotton spinner. Also at this address were his sisters Charity (22) a cotton weaver, Faith (20) a cotton weaver and John (17) a cotton spinner/piecer.

4201 Private Jarvis Ingham enlisted into the Cheshire Regiment on the 14 December 1915 aged 28, he enlisted at Stalybridge, Cheshire for the 'duration of the war'. He gave his address at this time as 150, Brierley Street, Stalybridge, Cheshire. Following a period of training he embarked at Southampton for France on the 8 September 1916 and joined the 4th Infantry Base Depot at Rouen on the 9 September 1916. He was posted from here to the 13th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment on the 16 September 1916 at which time he was renumbered 49668.

Jarvis was a honorary member of the Millbrook contingent who played the trombone for the Millbrook Platoon in 1916.

On the 11 April 1917 he was awarded 14 days Field Punishment, Number 2 for, 'not complying with an order'.

On the 5 August 1917 he received a gunshot wound to the left lower arm and was evacuated to No. 17 Casualty Clearing Station. On the 6 August he was admitted to the 55th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps. Following a period of recovery and convalescence he returned to France and the 4th Infantry Base Depot at Rouen. On the 28 September 1917 he was posted to the 16th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment in action on the Western Front and served with them until granted a period of leave from the 21 December 1917 until the 4 January 1918.

On the 22 February 1918 he was detached to the 12th Entrenching Battalion, attached to the 7th Royal West Kent Regiment. On the 4 April 1918 he was posted as 'missing' and on the 28 June 1918 a board of inquiry declared he was presumed killed in action on that day.

Jarvis Ingham is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France (panels 35 - 36) and the Stalybridge Roll of Honour.

His brother John (his next of kin) received his Memorial Plaque and Illuminated Scroll on the 16 March 1921 and his British War and Victory Medals on the 16 February 1922.

Details courtesy of Kathryn A. Booth of Millbrook, Stalybridge, Cheshire.