|Date of Birth||July 25, 1895|
|Place of Birth||Prince Albert, Saskatchewan|
|Next of Kin||Henry Lloyd Ingram (father), 97 West Bridge Street, Belleville, Ontario|
|Trade / Calling||Stenographer|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Battalion||26th Battery, 5th Brigade|
|Force||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Branch||Canadian Field Artillery|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Enlisted|
|Place of Enlistment||Belleville, Ontario|
|Date of Enlistment||June 16, 1915|
|Age at Enlistment||19|
|Theatre of Service||Europe and north Russia|
|Prisoner of War||No|
|Decorations and Medals||Other|
|Date of Death||October 25, 1964|
|Age at Death||69|
|Buried At||Belleville Cemetery, Belleville, Ontario|
Bombardier Edward Harold Ingram enlisted in June 1915, at age 19. He served with the Canadian Field Artillery in Canada, Great Britain, France, Belgium and north Russia and returned home in July 1919.
Edward Harold, known as Harold, was the only son of Henry Lloyd Ingram and Mary Elizabeth Parker. He was born on 25 July 1895 in the town of Prince Albert, which is now in Saskatchewan but was in the Northwest Territories at that time. Harold had one sister, Frances, who was a year older than him. His father had emigrated from England and his mother was born in Quebec. At the time of the 1901 census the family was living in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora), in northwestern Ontario, where Henry was employed as a clerk. Not long after that they moved to the town of Belleville in Hastings County. Henry was a teacher at the Ontario School for the Deaf in Belleville and he was very active in the community. He was the organist at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, District Deputy for the Catholic Mutual Benefit Association, President of the Catholic Order of Foresters for two years, a Charter member of the Knights of Columbus and a Lieutenant in the militia.
Harold became a stenographer and when the war started he and his father both enlisted. Henry Lloyd enlisted in the spring of 1916, getting a commission as an officer in November and serving for three years in Canada and Britain. Harold signed up in Belleville on 16 June 1915, at age 19. He joined the 59th Battalion but a week later he was transferred to the 26th Battery, 7th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. His unit sailed from Halifax on 9 August 1915 and arrived in Plymouth, England nine days later. After five months of training he was sent to France in January 1916. That summer the Canadians were at the Battle of Mount Sorrel and in the fall they fought at the Somme Offensive, suffering 24,000 casualties there in less than three months.
The Canadian Corps spent the winter of 1916-17 in the Lens-Arras sector, across from Vimy. In March 1917 Harold’s unit ceased to exist and he was transferred to the 26th Battery, 5th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. The following month the artillery played a key role in the capture of Vimy Ridge. Afterwards the Canadians stayed in the area holding the new front line. Harold had ten days leave in England in June and on 30 August he was appointed Acting Bombardier. On 2 November he suffered a minor wound, remaining on duty, and at the end of the month he was promoted to Bombardier.
The Canadian Corps spent the winter of 1917-18 in the Lens-Arras sector again. Harold was on a gas course for six days in March 1918. Both sides were carrying out active artillery bombardments and he was wounded in the face on 11 April. He was taken to a Field Ambulance then moved to a Casualty Clearing Station and admitted to No. 9 General U.S. Hospital on 19 April. From there he was evacuated to England where he recovered for a week at the 3rd Southern General Hospital in Oxford. He spent a further three weeks at the convalescent centre at Epsom. When he was released he was attached to the Canadian Field Artillery Composite Brigade. Around that time the Allied Forces started sending troops to north Russia in support of the White Russians. Their goals were to assist the anti-Bolsheviks in organizing their own military force, to protect the ports, and to keep large stockpiles of Russian weapons and supplies from falling into German hands. The Canadian North Russia Expeditionary Force was made up of almost 600 officers and men, mainly in two batteries of the 16th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. Most of the recruits had experience at the Western Front.
Harold volunteered with the CNREF and he was attached to the 16th Brigade on 21 August 1918. He left England with his unit in September on HMT Stephen and on 1 October they arrived in Archangel, a coastal town on the White Sea. The Canadians were involved in heavy fighting over the next eight months, much of it to protect the railway lines south of Archangel. Many of the soldiers were adept at snowshoeing and skiing but a plan to use Huskies as sled dogs failed. Instead, reindeer became the main mobile force, hauling supplies on specially made sleighs. The final action for the Canadians was in May 1919 and that same month they were ordered to withdraw and return to the UK. A farewell parade for the 16th Brigade was held in Archangel and they embarked for England on 11 June. Harold left Liverpool on 5 July on the SS Carmania, arriving in Halifax a week later. He was discharged on 15 July 1919 in Montreal and awarded the St. George’s Cross (Russia) for his service. His father stayed in England after the war and died in London in 1929.
Harold was married in Millbrook, Ontario on 30 June 1920. His wife, Nettie May Handley, was born and raised in Millbrook, the daughter of James and Mary Elizabeth Handley. Harold was living in Belleville at the time and he and his wife made their home there, also living for a while in Trenton, Ontario and Watsonville, California. Harold worked as a bookkeeper, accountant and insurance agent and they had two children, Kenneth Handley (born in 1922 in Trenton) and Jeanne Marie (born in 1927 in California). Kenneth served with the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World War and the Korean War. He died in France in 1958, on active service, and he’s buried at Choloy War Cemetery.
Harold passed away in Belleville on 25 October 1964, at age 69, and he’s buried in Belleville Cemetery. Nettie died in 1991 and their daughter Jeanne (Mrs. Donald Livesey) in 1993.
By Becky Johnson
Family information kindly provided by Harold’s granddaughter Wendy Stevens.
Photos courtesy of Ingram public family tree on ancestry.com.