Stories of Remembrance

Army, First World War (1914-18)Lieutenant George Ingram VC MM,Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force

Throughout the whole day he showed the most inspiring example of courage and leadership, and freely exposed himself regardless of danger.
Victoria Cross citation for Ingram

George Ingram, a militia member from 1905-14, enlisted in the Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force in 1914. He was sent to Rabaul in January 1915 where he spent a year in New Guinea before his discharge in Melbourne on 19 January 1916. Ingram enlisted as a private in the Australian Imperial Force the same day and, after training in Australia and England, arrived in France on 16 January 1917.

Ingram was awarded the Military Medal on 11 May 1917 for ‘great courage and initiative as a member of the bombing section, by excellent placing of his bombs’ in action at Bapaume. He was awarded of the Victoria Cross for ‘most conspicuous bravery and initiative during the attack on Montbrehain, east of Peronne, on 5th October, 1918’. On the day Ingram lead his men, under intense fire, in the capture of several German machine guns, out posts and sixty-two prisoners, inflicting significant casualties on the enemy and ‘overcoming serious resistance’. A man of unassuming character, despite his height and excellent physique, Ingram applauded the bravery of the men in his company during the advance.

After his discharge, with the rank of Lieutenant, he became general foreman with 'EA and Frank Watts Pty Ltd', building contractors, listing his occupation as ‘farmer’, although his trade was carpentry.

In 1935, along with thirteen other highly decorated First World War (1914-18) veterans, Ingram volunteered to join the Victorian Police, as a Guard to the newly built Shrine of Remembrance. He continued to serve at the Shrine of Remembrance until 11 December 1939, when he was given leave to join the Royal Australian Engineers where he attained the rank of Captain. He retired from both roles in 1944 and died at his home in Hastings, Victoria in 1961. He is buried in Frankston Cemetery.

  • Name George Mawby Ingram
  • Service Number 5919
  • Date of Birth 18 March 1889
  • Place of Birth Bagshot, Victoria
  • Date of Enlistment 10 December 1914
  • Date of Discharge 25 April 1919

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