|Date of Birth||July 18, 1871|
|Place of Birth||Wolverhampton, Staffordshire|
|Next of Kin||Mary Elizabeth Ingram (wife), 97 West Bridge Street, Belleville, Ontario|
|Trade / Calling||Teacher of the Deaf|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Battalion||Minister of Pensions - Special Aural Board|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Enlisted|
|Place of Enlistment||Belleville, Ontario|
|Address at Enlistment||97 West Bridge Street, Belleville, Ontario|
|Date of Enlistment||March 6, 1916|
|Age at Enlistment||44|
|Theatre of Service||Great Britain|
|Prisoner of War||No|
|Date of Death||October 31, 1929|
|Age at Death||58|
Lieutenant Henry Lloyd Ingram enlisted in March 1916, at age 44, and served for three years in Canada and Great Britain. He lived in England after the war and died there in 1929, at age 58.
Henry was born on 18 July 1871 in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England, the son of Henry Thomas Ingram and Sarah Anne Pritchett. His parents were both school teachers who were born in Warwickshire, England. They were married in 1869 and they had six children: Cecil, Henry, Eustace, Mabel, Grace and another son, George, who died as an infant in 1876. Henry, Mabel and Grace all became teachers like their parents. Henry immigrated to Canada in 1891, sailing in May on the SS Polynesian with his destination listed as Regina in the Northwest Territories. A few years after arriving he married Mary Elizabeth Parker. Mary was born in 1852 in Compton, Quebec. Her father William Edward Parker was born in France but lived mainly in England, and her mother Mary Wilson was born in 1827 in Ripon, Yorkshire, England.
Henry and Mary had two children: Frances Mary Lloyd (1894) and Edward Harold (1895). At the time of the 1901 census Henry and his family were living in Rat Portage (later called Kenora), in northwestern Ontario, where he worked as a clerk. By 1903 they had moved to Belleville, Ontario. Henry became a teacher at the Ontario School for the Deaf and he was very involved in the community. He was the organist at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, District Deputy for the Catholic Mutual Benefit Association, a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and president for two years, a Charter member of the Knights of Columbus and a Lieutenant in the militia (15th Regiment Argyll Light Infantry). When the war started Henry and his son Edward Harold both enlisted. Harold joined the Canadian Field Artillery in June 1915 and served for four years in Canada, the UK, France, Belgium and north Russia.
Henry signed up with the 155th (Quinte) Battalion on 6 March 1916, at age 44. On 7 November he was commissioned as a Captain in the 254th Battalion (Quinte’s Own). Before heading overseas he reverted to the rank of Lieutenant, which he held for the rest of his time in service. His unit embarked from Halifax on 29 May 1917 and arrived in Liverpool on 10 June. Henry was transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion and he was on command to the Canadian Training School at Bexhill for a month. He planned to leave the service and return to Canada late that summer but instead he was reinstated and Seconded to the Imperial Forces. He was posted to the War Office for duty with the Minister of Pensions and he served there from 3 September 1917 to 2 July 1919. His position was Secretary for the Special Aural Board, which worked with war veterans who were deaf.
Henry was discharged on his retirement in England on 31 July 1919. He lived in the Greater London area and never returned to Canada. He died in London on 31 October 1929, at age 58. His wife passed away in the Belleville General Hospital in December 1937, at age 85. She is buried at St. James Cemetery in Belleville. Their son Harold died in 1964 in Belleville and their daughter Frances (Mrs. Thomas Pinto) in 1983 in California.
By Becky Johnson
Family information kindly provided by Henry’s great-granddaughter Wendy Stevens.
Top photo courtesy of Quinte Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. Other two photos courtesy of Ingram public family tree on ancestry.com.