Occupation: James Harper & Sons, Ravenscliffe Mills
Organisations/clubs: Idle Primitive Methodist Sunday School; Thackley FC
Rolls of Honour: Holy Trinity, Idle.
Regiment: Northumberland Fusiliers
John William Ingham
Although the Commonwealth War Graves records give John as the son of John and Sarah Ingham, his father appears to have died around the time of his birth in 1891. That year’s census gives John as five months old and his mother as a widow.John and his older sister Emily were still living with their mother in their four-roomed house in Park Road, Thackley 20 years later by which time John was working as a woolcomber.On 16 June 1916, the Shipley Times & Express included a letter sent to Sarah from one of John’s comrades in France. It read: “It is with deep regret that I am writing you these
few lines. Little did I think when I was writing you my last letter that the next one would be to convey such news as this.“I feel it very hard to break the news to you but Jack was killed on Wednesday night between 4 and 7 o’clock by a sniper. He never spoke after being hit.“I had just cut him a slice of bread and butter as we were about to have tea. When I went to call to him, a young man who was close
by told me he had been killed. To tell you the truth, I could not realise it, but was only too true.”Private Ingham had been in the Army about six months and been in France since Easter.The following month, the newspaper noted: “A service was held on Sunday evening at the Idle Primitive Methodist Chapel in memory of the late Sgt Bateson Whitfield, Pte Ernest Holdsworth, Pte John Ingham and Mr J Simpson.
“Mr Fenton preached from the text ‘We are encompassed about by a cloud of witnesses.’“At the close of the sermon the preacher made appropriate reference to those who had passed away.“The choir impressively rendered the anthem ‘What are these?’ and ‘Saviour again to Thy dear name.’The organist, Mr L Downes, played the ‘Dead March’ and ‘I rest in the Lord.’There were many relatives and friends of the deceased in the congregation.