INGLE, George [D.C.M.]

No.7028, Lance Corporal, George INGLE
Aged 25

4th (Queen's Own) Hussars
Killed in Action on Saturday, 23rd March 1918

George Ingle was born in 1892 (Mildenhall Q4-1892 4A:709), son of Thomas and Elizabeth Ann INGLE (née STUBBINS).

1901 census...Aged 7 he was at Jarman's Lane, West Row with his father Thomas INGLE [57] farm labourer; his mother Elizabeth [56] and brother John [13]. All recorded as born in Mildenhall.

1911 census...Aged 18, he was a private in the 3rd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, at the Depot in Bury St Edmunds. His parents Thomas and Elizabeth and brother John were still in West Row. It was recorded that Thomas and Elizabeth had been married 45 years and had 7 children, 2 of which had died. Army records have his sole legatee as grandmother Elizabeth A.
There is a pension card for him, the claimant being Mrs Rachel Ingham, of Beck Row

He enlisted in Bury St Edmunds. It is most unlikely that he was not an Old Contemptible, however there is no evidence of him getting the clasp. It looks as if no claim was entered for the clasp to his 1914 Star.
The 4th Hussars were the first regiment of Winston Churchill. On 23rd March 1918 they were trying to hold back the Germans near Mennessis (south of St Quentin) , on the 3rd day of the German Spring offensive. They had seven men killed.

Gazetted 111th March 1916, his Distinguished Conduct Medal citation reads:-
7028 Private G. Ingle, 4th Hussars.
For conspicuous gallantry. During the attack when advancing with his troop he was badly wounded in the head from shellfire. Seeing his troop leader, Lieut.Radclyffe, severely wounded and unable to move, he, with the assistance of a non commissioned officer procured a wheelbarrow from a farm, and in turn they wheeled the officer back to headquarters under very heavy fire the whole time. On reaching there Private Ingle collapsed from loss of blood."

photo: Roy Beardsworth

George Ingle is commemorated on the Pozières Memorial, panel 3
and originally on the Mildenhall memorial

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