Pte Ingram Eric James

  • Geboortedatum: 14/02/1894
  • Geboorteplaats: Onbekend
  • Datum van overlijden: 04/10/1917
  • Plaats van overlijden: 's Gravenstafel, België
  • Doodsoorzaak: Killed in action (K.I.A.)
  • Leeftijd: 23
  • Beroep: Landarbeider
  • Land: Nieuw-Zeeland
  • Rang: Private
  • Service nummer: 33548
  • Dienstneming datum: 16/09/1916
  • Dienstneming plaats: Warkworth, Auckland, Nieuw-Zeeland
  • Laatst gekende eenheid: Wellington Regiment, 3nd Bn.
  • Strijdmacht: New Zealand Expeditionary Force

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Private Eric James Ingram served in the 3rd Battalion of the Wellington Regiment, part of the 4th Brigade of the New Zealand Division. On the 4th of October, this battalion participated in the Battle of Broodseinde. The final objective of the II Anzac Corps (to which both the New Zealand Division and the 3rd Australian Division belonged to) ran from near the intersection of the Ypres-Roulers railway along the eastern slopes of the Gravenstafel Spur to Kronprinz Farm. The 3rd Australian Division was to attack on the right and the New Zealand Division on the left. The New Zealand Division’s frontage was about two thousand yards, and the enemy’s defences were to be penetrated to a depth of about one thousand yard and no more, in pursuance of the policy of strictly limited objectives which then obtained. The first objective was to be called the Red Line, and was just short of Gravenstafel village. The final objective was to be beyond Gravenstafel down towards the Stroombeek valley, and was to be known as the Blue Line. The 1st and 4th Brigades of the New Zealand Division were to attack side by side, the 4th Brigade being on the right. The 4th Brigade’s frontage was about eight hundred yards, its task being considered likely to be the more difficult one, including as it did, the village of Gravenstafel and Abraham Heigts. Zero hour was on the 4th of October at 6 a.m. The 4th New Zealand Brigade started the advance on time and took Dochy Farm and Riverside. Later also Otto Farm fell and the brigade moved on to the Red Line, which they consolidated. They were met with greater resistance at Kronprinz Farm but went on to consolidate the final position. Even though the brigade was successful in its objectives, a lot of soldiers were killed in action during this battle, amongst whom Private Eric James Ingram. Private Ingram had previously been wounded in action on the 13th of June 1917 but was able to re-join his troop in August. He is now remembered in the Tyne Cot Memorial New Zealand Apse in Belgium and at the Matakana War Memorial in New Zealand.