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William Ingrey
Remembered with Honour
The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial.
A local history and genealogy page for the Parish of Wimpole.
The Bedfordshire Regiment
In memory of
William Ingrey
Sergeant 5126. 3rd Battalion,
Bedfordshire Regiment
Died: Saturday 5 June 1915, aged 38
at Felixstowe. Suffolk.
- Lest We Forget -
Born: c1877 in Wimpole, Cambridgeshire.
Baptised: 4 February 1877 at Wimpole Church, son of Edward and Mary Ingrey.
Enlisted: c1895 Royston, Hertfordshire (as career soldier).
Died: Saturday 5 June 1915, aged 38.
How died: [accident or illness?] while serving with his regiment in Felixstowe, Suffolk.
Buried: Felixstowe New Cemetery, Suffolk (see below).
Theatre of War: Home.
Military Background:
William Ingrey was awarded the "Long Service and Good Conduct Medal" given to Regular Force noncommissioned officers and men who had completed eighteen years of irreproachable service. This indicates that William Ingrey had been an enlisted soldier since before 1897. His Regiment served in India and Ireland during that time.
In the 1911 Census, William Ingrey was recorded as living in the Maida Barracks, Stanhope Lines, Aldershot. William was in the Infantry (1st Bedfordshire Regiment) and listed as married.
The 3rd (Reserve) Battalion was formed August 1914 in Bedford. Within a few days of the declaration of war it moved to Felixstowe for duty with the Harwich Garrison. A training unit, it remained in the UK throughout the war.
Family Background:
William was the son of Edward Ingrey and Mary Anne [nee Theobalds] [who died in December 1884 when William was 7, buried in Wimpole Churchyard] who were married at Wimpole and who lived in the French House on Ermine Way, north of Arrington. In the 1891 Census, 14-year-old William Ingrey lived there as an Agricultural Labourer.
CWGC tells us that William was married to a Beatrice May Ingrey (nee Carter) [1884-1872] who was living at 'Belle Vue', West Parade, Dunstable (although I have been unable to track down the marriage ceremony). William's military pension record shows that they had one son named William Edward Ingrey who was born on the 28 February 1913 in Luton. There also appears to be some evidence of an adopted child named Mildred Jessie Mary Jane listed on the pension documentation.
Beatrice was named as widow on the army pension settlement and the local Dunstable Register of Electors confirms she lived at 'Belle Vue', 47 West Parade, [presumably with young William Edward] until at least 1938 when the records cease. An adult William Edward Ingrey was also listed as living at the same address from 1934. Then...
William and Beatrice's son Corporal William Edward Ingrey, 5956641, 1st Battalion, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry died 'on war service' on the 14 August 1944 and is buried in Normandy, France.
5126 Sergeant William Ingrey, Headstone
5126 Sergeant William Ingrey
Grave: J.12.
Cemetery: Felixstowe New Cemetery, Suffolk, United Kingdom.
"Gone From Us
But Leaving Memories
Death Can Never Take Away"
[Inscription Requested by Mrs B M Ingrey]
There are 64 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-18 war, including one unidentified Royal Navy sailor. There are a further 44 burials of the 1939-45 war including nine unidentified seamen of the Merchant Navy. There are also 8 foreign national war burials including one unidentified German airman, and three non-war service burials.
The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial
The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial pictured in 2011
© Photographed by Lorraine and Keith Bowdler
The servicemen and women are listed under the Parishes of Arrington or Wimpole
as shown on the Cambridgeshire County War Memorial in Ely Cathedral.
War Memorial research by Steve Odell.
The War Memorial Project would welcome any additional information, research,
photographs or memories of William Ingrey for this page.
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This page was last updated on: 12 July 2020.

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