Alfred Ingleby, known as Alf, was born in 1875 in Copt Hewick, Ripon, the son of Jonathan and Ellen, nee Black.Jonathan was an agricultural farm labourer and he and Ellen lived and worked in Copt Hewick for the whole of their lives. They had eight children.By 1891 Alf was working as a farm servant and living on the Main Street in Carlton Miniott but by 1901 he had moved to live in Bradford to work as a coachman.On the 17th of September 1900 at
St Augustine, Bradford, Alf married Mary Elizabeth Moir. Alf was 25 years of age living at 23 Hatfield Road and Mary 27 years of age, also living at 23 Hatfield Road, the daughter of John Davison Moir, an engineer. They began their married live at this address but by 1911 they had moved to 17 Airedale Street in Eccleshill. Two daughters had been born, Mabel in 1902 and Amy in 1910. Both children had been
baptised at St Luke Church, Eccleshill.Alf enlisted in Bradford on the 19th of June 1915 as Private M2/114234 in the 641st Mechanical Transport Company attached to 111 Corps Heavy Artillery. He was to use his skills as a chauffeur being employed in the transport section. Alf in the III Corps took part in the Battles of the Somme in 1916, and the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line in the Spring of
1917. He was killed in action on the 24th of April 1918 during the Battles of the Lys. He was 43 years old.Alf is buried in the Douai Communal Cemetery Extension which from April to the middle of August 1918 was almost a front line cemetery.He left his effects to his wife Mary who received £16.12.6d on the 18th July 1918 and a War Gratuity of £13.10s on the 5th of July 1919.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks