CH/8324 Private Robert Ingham.

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Royal Marine Light Infantry.

Killed in action 30 April 1915.

Born and enlisted at Halifax, Yorkshire.

Buried in the Lone Pine Cemetery, Turkey.

Robert Ingham was born on the 8 May 1875, the son of Thomas Ingham.

Robert served in the 4th (Militia) Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment from 1892 - 1895. He purchased his discharge from this unit in order to join the Royal Marine Light Infantry on the 23 April 1895 with whom he served until 27 July 1905 when he transferred to the Royal Naval Reserve. During this time he had served in the 2nd Boer War of 1899 - 1900 with H.M.S. Racoon and earned a Queen's South Africa Medal without bar.

On the 20 September 1906, he married Ruth Ann Swift with whom he had 2 children, Harry, born 1909 and Ann born 1912, the family resided at 8, South Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire. He was described at the time as being a tram driver working for Halifax Corporation.

In August 1914 he was called back to the colours and served first at Antwerp and Dunkirk with the Chatham Battalion, Royal Navy Division before going out to the Dardanelles on the 28 February 1915 where he served in Number 1 Platoon, 'A' Company, Deal Battalion. Following his death a memorial service was held in his honour at Holy Trinity Church, Halifax and his name entered in the Halifax Town Hall Book of Remembrance.

For his service during World War 1 he was awarded the 1914 Star with bar and the British War and Victory Medals.

Headstone photographs courtesy Martyn Lovell, Gallipoli visit April 2017.