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Eric James Ingram

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Eric James AWMM
  • Surname
    Ingram AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 33548 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    14 February 1893 Noel Smith and Lyn Griffiths research
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Mary Ellen Cottrell (mother), 24 Khyber Pass Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 33548 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Farmer/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
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Medical history

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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

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Biographical information

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    • Eric Ingram was the son of Mary E Cottrell of 17 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland.

      Attended King's College 1908-09.

      Eric is commemorated on the Matakana District war memorial. The inscription reads: 'This monument was erected by public subscription as a thanksgiving to almighty God for peace and victory and in memory of the men of this district who fell in the Great War 1914-1918. Their Duty Nobly Done. December 1919' AWMM
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      Private Eric James Ingram born 14th February, 1894 in Gisbourne, New Zealand.
      Son of Thomas Ingram & Mary Ellen (Smith - daughter of James Smith, Napier), born 14th February, 1894.

      His parents Thomas and Mary Ellen married 10 October 1887 at the Manse in Waipukurau. Eric was their third child.

      Eric's brothers and sisters are:
      - Robert Oswald Ingram - b 1888 - 1916 married Winifred Bertha Parkinson
      - Mabel Margaret Ingram - b 1891 - 1929 married Andrew Robert Duncan
      - Ralph Thomas Ingram - B 1895
      - Ellen Ingram - b. 1886 d 1895

      In early 1884 Eric’s father Thomas purchased a farm in Patutahi (west of Gisborne). Ten years later in February 1894, he purchased the Owen Gallagher's Hotel in Patutahi. The price was 450 pounds for a 7 roomed house, 10 acres and 30 perches.

      Sadly, Thomas died several months later on April 4th at the age of 34 years struck down by Typhoid Fever. Eric was only 2 months old.

      Mary Ellen is left a widow with 4 small children. Fortunately in 1897 she met and married George Cottrell a commercial traveller and the family moved to Waiotahi, Opotiki.

      Success came to the family and in 1908, Eric was sent to King's College in Auckland to finish his education. Around 1913 the whole family moved to Auckland.

      In 1914 at the age of 20 years, Eric, with help from his stepfather and mother leased a farm in the Whangaripo Valley, north of Auckland.

      Early in 1915 the three Ingram brothers joined up to serve their country. Both Ralph and Eric serving with the 21st Reinforcements, Robert became very ill with Malaria and spent many months in Hospital. He survived and returned to New Zealand, Ralph also survived although was badly wounded September 1916.

      Eric was first wounded in action on 13 June 1917 returning to his unit early August 1917. Sadly, he was Killed in action at Battle of Broodseinde Ridge, 4 October 1917, Ypres, Belgium. He was 24 years old. 35,000 casualties for the period 1–10 October
      1,853 New Zealanders.

      Private Eric Ingram is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing, New Zealand Apse, Panel 6, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, as well as the Matakana War Memorial. Public - Matakana War Memorial - Researcher - 8 July 2017 - Papers Past, Military Personnel Records.
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About death

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  • Death
    4 October 1917 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    YpresBelgium AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    • Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Matakana War Memorial (King George war memorial statue), Matakana Wharf Reserve, Matakana Road, Matakana, New Zealand AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1918). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      52: 18 AWMM
    • King's College, Auckland. (1918). King's College, Auckland : the Great War, 1914-18. Auckland, N.Z.: The College. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 1: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith and Lyn Griffiths (2021). AWMM


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11 September 2022Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
08 July 2017Matakana War MemorialMatakanaResearcher

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