Ernest Arthur Ingram was born and raised in Coventry where he joined the Territorial Army in April 1913. He was mobilized at the start of the war and spent its early months in the Chelmsford area. He underwent an appendicitis operation at Chelmsford & Essex Hospital in November 1914 and died afterwards from peritonitis. He was buried in Coventry.
Ernest was born in Coventry, Warwickshire in 1895, the only son of John Ernest and Amy Ingram.
In 1901 the census listed Ernest, aged six, with his parents and a boarder at 118 George Street in Coventry. His father and the boarder were cycle turners. A decade later the 1911 census recorded 16 year-old Ernest with his parents and younger sister at 123 George Street in Coventry. Ernest was a turner; his father a frame turner.
On 24th April 1913 Ernest signed up at Coventry for four years' service with the army as a Territorial Gunner 362 in the 4th Warwickshire Heavy Battery, Royal Field Artillery. At the time he was aged 18 years and two months and worked as a turner at the Crouch Motor Company in the city. He spent a week in August 1913 in Salisbury Plain and in October 1913 agreed to serve outside the United Kingdom in the event of a national emergency.
As a Territorial Ernest was mobilised on 5th August 1914, the day after war was declared.
In the early years of the war his unit, as part of the army's South Midland Division, was billeted in the Chelmsford area.
INGRAM, ERNEST ARTHUR*,
Sapper, Royal Field Artillery, Royal Artilery
On 7th November 1914 Ernest was admitted to the Chelmsford & Essex Hospital and subsequently operated on for appendicitis. He developed peritonitis, failed to recover and died, aged 19, on 17th November 1914.
At the time of his death Ernest's home was at 123 New George Street in Coventry.
On the morning of Friday 20th November 1914 the coffin containing Ernest's body was laid on a gun-carriage and taken to Chelmsford Station for enrolee to his home city for burial. Today he lies in grave 72.82 at Coventry (London Road) Cemetery.