The Boddington-Ingram Family History

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John Page INGRAM
(1818-Cir 1897)
Betsy HOLDAWAY
(Cir 1821-Cir 1892)
Jeffery WARD
(Cir 1827-)
Elizabeth WALKER
(Cir 1830-)
Edward John INGRAM
(1847-Cir 1907)
Mary Ann WARD
(1848-Cir 1910)
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Alfred George INGRAM
(1879-1940)
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Alfred George INGRAM

  • Born: 26 Apr 1879, Rochford, Sub-District Of Prittlewell, Essex England 4 5
  • Marriage (1): Ellen Millicent BULLOCK on 21 Jul 1903 in St John's Church, Bangalore, Karnataka, India 1 2 3
  • Died: 1 Apr 1940, Madras, (Chennai) Tamil Nadu, India aged 60 6
  • Buried: 2 Apr 1940, Pallavaram, Madras, (Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India 7

Notes:

Alfred George INGRAM was born in June 1879 in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. His father is shown as Edward John Ingram and his mother as Mary Ann Ingram formerly Ward . The family was living at Cromwell Place, Southend at the time. He first appears in the census returns for 1881 at the age of 1 year living with his parents and siblings at 6 Alexander Terrace, Prittlewell and again at the same address in 1891, aged 11 years.

Alfred was descended from a long line of Thames "Bargemen" or "Watermen" working out of Southend-on-Sea, Essex and would have been expected to follow in the footsteps of his fathers before him. However, like many youngsters of his day, he chose to 'join the Army and see the world'. So at the age of 16 or 17, he left the family home and enlisted in the 1st Bn Essex Regiment which had recently been formed from the amalgation of 44th and 56th Regiments of Foot, (see footnote below). Shortly after enlisting, his battalion deployed to South Africa where Alfred George saw his first action in the 2nd Boer War. At the end of the war, the 1st Bn Essex Regt was posted directly to India and left Natal in August 1902 aboard the SS Pinemore bound for Madras. The battalion was billetted in Bangalore on garrison duties for the next 4-5 years. It was here as a Lance Corporal in 1903 that he met and married Ellen Millicent Bullock. (See Gallery).

In 1906 or 1907, his battalion transferred to command of the Bengal Presidency and was despatched to Fort Sandeman, Baluchistan for frontier service with the 4th (Quetta) Division. He was subsequently joined by his wife and first two children who were quartered in Quetta cantonment. He is known to have been a Sergeant when his daughter Dorothy May was born in Quetta (1910). It was also while serving here that he was awarded the Durbar Gold Medal for best Man-at-Arms (Dismounted) in India. The medal was presented to him by HM Queen Mary at the famous Delhi Durbar of 1911 and was subsequently bequeathed to the family of his eldest son Leyland, where it remains, much prized, to this day.

He is known to have transferred to the India Unattached List, (IUL) around about 1913 and was seconded to the Indian Army Service Corps as Sub-Conductor, (WO II) and Conductor (WO I). So far no details of this service, but it is known to have been mostly in the south of India. (He was RQMS of an IASC depot in Jabalpur, present day Andhra Pradesh when his son Leslie was born). He was commissioned Lieutenant in about 1920 and appointed Quartermaster to the 40th Simla Rifles, (AFI) in the Punjab. He and his family lived in Simla, (present day Himachal Pradesh) until his retirement from the Army in about 1928. The family eventually moved back to Tamil Nadu some time before 1930. The family home was first at "Maggie Lodge", Fern Hill in Ootacamund, his adopted 'hometown'. They subsequently moved to "Melrose" in Madras, (Chennai). It is not yet known how he was employed, if at all, after he left the service.

His children were all schooled at the Lawrence Memorial Royal Military School, Lovedale near Ootacamund in the Nilgiri Hills.

After a prolonged illness, he died on 1st April 1940 at "Melrose" in Madras and lies buried in St. Stephen's Church cemetery in Palavaram.


The Essex Regiment. The story of the 44th & 56th Regiments of Foot. The 44th first served in India in 1822, and in 1841 during the First Afghan War, the entire column moving from Kabul to Jellalabad was massacred in the deep snow at Gundamak. The 56th arrived in India in 1805 and was amalgamated with the 44th Regiment of Foot in 1881 to become the Essex Regiment.


Events:

1. He appeared on the UK Census 1881 in Rochford, Sub-District Of Prittlewell, Essex England. 8

2. He appeared on the UK Census 1891 in Rochford, Sub-District Of Prittlewell, Essex England. 9

3. He was awarded the Gold Medal for Best Man at Arms in Jan 1912 in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan. 10


Alfred married Ellen Millicent BULLOCK, daughter of James BULLOCK and Mary Ann LEYLAND, on 21 Jul 1903 in St John's Church, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.1 2 3 (Ellen Millicent BULLOCK was born on 4 Feb 1884 in Tiruchchirappalli, (Trichinopoly) Tamil Nadu, India, christened on 14 Mar 1884 in St John's Church, Tiruchchirappalli (Trichinopoly) Tamil Nadu, India 11 and died in Oct 1967 in Bromley, Kent, England 12.)



Sources


1 India Office Records, Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, Madras Ecclesiastical Records 1771-1884, Ecclesiastical Returns 1698-1948 India. Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections, (APAC). Office of the Registrar General, British Library, London. Rec. Date: 25 Apr 2001, IOR Ref: Z/N/2/60 folio 286. Cit. Date: 16 Jul 2008.

2 Certified true copy on an entry in the Register of Marriages (Alfred George Ingram and Ellen Millicent Bullock) kept at St John's Church, Bangalore (Register of Marriages, St John's Church, Bangalore). Rec. Date: 12 Feb 2002, Cit. Date: 13 May 2000.

3 India Office Records, Parish Register Transcripts from the Presidency of Madras. (Ecclesiastical Returns 1698-1948 India. Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections, (APAC). Office of the Registrar General, British Library, London). Rec. Date: 11 May 2001, IOR Ref: Z/N/2/94 folio 41. Cit. Date: 23 Jan 1998.

4 Certified true copy of an entry of Birth (Alfred George Ingram), Rochford, sub-district of Prittlewell, Essex, England (Somerset House (India Office Records) London). Rec. Date: 13 Mar 2002, Cit. Date: 29 Oct 2003.

5 Civil Registration Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths (England & Wales) - 1837-1983 (General Register Office, Southport). Rec. Date: 13 Jan 1999, GRO Ref: Rochford 4a-318.

6 Certified true copy of an entry in the Register of Burials (Alfred George Ingram) at Palavaram (Superintendent of Records, India Office Madras Vol: 167, Fol; 207 dated 21 March 1950). Rec. Date: 13 Mar 2002, Cit. Date: 19 Jan 2005.

7 India Office Records, Parish Register Transcripts from the Presidency of Madras. (Ecclesiastical Returns 1698-1948 India. Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections, (APAC). Office of the Registrar General, British Library, London). Rec. Date: 11 May 2001, IOr Ref: Z/N/2/167-8 folio 207. Cit. Date: 13 Feb 1998.

8 Census of persons living at 6 Alexander Terrace, district of Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
in March 1881
(National Archives Census Records 1881 RG11/1769 Ed: Folio: 68 Page: 27 Sched: 146). Rec. Date: 2 Jun 2005, Cit. Date: 3 Feb 2006.

9 Census of persons living at 6 Alexander Terrace, district of Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea, Essex in March 1891 (National Archives Census Records 1891 RG12/1391 Prittlewell, Rochford, Essex Folio:101 Page 21 Sched: 134). Rec. Date: 2 Jun 2005, Cit. Date: 27 Nov 2006.

10 Lt. Gen. H.C. Sclater C.B.,Commanding 4th (Quetta) Division, Citation published in Part II (Administration) Orders: Assault-at-Arms. Durbar Gold Medal, India. Best Man-at-Arms (Dismounted) Sgt A G Ingram 1st Bn. Essex Regt (Signed E. Taylor Colonel. General Staff Officer HQ 4th (Quetta) Division 10th January 1912). Rec. Date: 13 Mar 2002, Cit. Date: 2 Jun 2005.

11 India Office Records, Parish Register Transcripts from the Presidency of Madras. (Ecclesiastical Returns 1698-1948 India. Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections, (APAC). Office of the Registrar General, British Library, London). Rec. Date: 11 May 2001, IOR Ref: Z/N/2/65 folio 18. Cit. Date: 19 Dec 2008.

12 Civil Registration Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths (England & Wales) - 1837-1983 (General Register Office, Southport). Rec. Date: 13 Jan 1999, GRO Ref: Bromley Vol.5A Page.422. Cit. Date: 11 Aug 2016.