Ingham Crossley was born in 1887 the eldest of four children of greengrocer Lewis Henry and Hannah, nee Lupton.In 1901 and 1911 the family were living at 309 Idle Road, Eccleshill and at the latter date Ingham, at 24 years of age, was working as a Tram Conductor with the City Council for whom he continued to work until his enlistment. He was also a much respected member of the Bolton Wesleyan choir and Young Men’s class and when he enlisted the family were living at 353 Idle Road.
Ingham enlisted in June 1915 as Gunner 796203 in the Royal Field Artillery. His Regiment was involved in the Somme battles of 1916 and fought at Albert 1st to 13th July, Bazentin from the 14th to the 17th July and Delville Wood 15th July to the 3rd of September. He was involved in the Arras offensive in April and May 1917 and at the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) on the 12th of October 1917. It was during the Cambrai operations from the 20th of November to the 30th December 1917 that Ingham lost his life.
He died from his wounds whilst in the 53rd Field Ambulance on his way to hospital. He was 31 years of age.Ingham is buried in the Ruyaulcourt Military Cemetery which was begun in April 1917 and used by fighting units and Field Ambulances until March 1918.He left his effects to his father Lewis who received £7.14.4d on the 19th April 1918 and a War Gratuity of £11.10.0d on the 22nd November 1919.
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks.