Harrogate Herald - 1st August 1917
Roll of Honour
Gunner W H Ingleby, RFA, husband of Mrs
Ingleby, 64 Butler Road, Harrogate, was killed in action on July
10th. A letter informing Mrs Ingleby of the sad occurrence
"It is with extreme regret that I have to
pencil you this letter. I trust you will be able to bear the news of
your great loss. It is a painful duty for me to inform you that your
husband, and my chum, was killed in action on the 10th inst. I must
tender to you my deepest sympathy and that of his comrades here in
this your great loss, trusting you will bear up in this my sad news.
I beg to remain yours sincerely. Gunner A Smith".
His officer writes :
"It is with great sorrow that I have to tell
you of the death of your husband, who was killed in action on the
10th. He was standing in the doorway of his dugout and was hit by a
fragment of shell. His death was instantaneous, and he could hardly
have felt any pain. He had been the mess cook for some months, and
was always very cheerful and an excellent worker, although at times,
and especially all last winter, circumstances could not possibly
have been more against him, but he always overcome his difficulties.
He was buried last night in a cemetery close by, and I am having a
cross made for his grave today. As it was not possible to get a
chaplain, I took the short service myself. I mention this as I
thought you might like to know that everything possible was done. I
am not at present allowed to name place where the cemetery is, but
will let you know as soon as possible. Although such letters as
these seem very cold in the first pain of grief, please believe that
you have my sincerest sympathy in your loss, as I know by personal
experience what these losses mean in a family".
Officers of his battery writing say :
"I was very sorry to learn of the death of your
husband. He was my servant, and I had got very much attached to him.
I was away from the battery at the time, and the sad news came as a
bad shock to me. He was beloved and respected by all the men of the
battery. I understand that he went out under shell fire to prepare
some tea for the men, and had just got back to the mess when he was
killed by a splinter. It will be some comfort to know that he did
not suffer in any way. He will be much missed and mourned by all who
knew him, as he was always bright and cheery under most adverse
circumstances. Please accept my deepest sympathies in your sad
bereavement, and may God comfort you in your great loss".
"I want to write just a line to you to tell you how sorry I
am for you in your great sorrow. I did not write before, as I myself
was wounded the same day and I am only just up. I daresay you have
heard of me from your husband - I was in charge of the mess and took
your husband away from his duties last October and made him our
cook. He did splendidly for us, and his place will be hard to fill.
We feel the loss of our men very much, and especially men we know
well. He was always so cheerful and happy and seemed to enjoy life
so much. It is most terribly sad".
Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery
Gnr William Herbert Ingleby (134856)
Born : Harrogate
Enlisted : Harrogate
Died : 10th July 1917
Killed in Action
France & Flanders