The Memorial Group to Sg.t Ingram; Brothers at Dieppe
The Memorial Group to Sg.t Ingram; Brothers at Dieppe - 1939-1945 Star; France and Germany Star; Defence Medal; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal; and War Medal 1939-1945. All are unnamed, crisp detail, bright patinas, original ribbons, in their original boxes of issue, near mint. Memorial Cross (B.66933 SGT. R.D.INGRAM). Name on cross has been erased and privately engraved. As this cross was acquired directly from the recipients family, it is likely this was performed some years ago. Accompanied by copies of his extensive paperwork, including his Attestation Paper, Supplementary Declaration, Occupational History Form, Application For Permission To Marry, Service Records, Medical Records, Dental Records, Casualty Report and various correspendence from London and Ottawa regarding his death at Dieppe and the returning of his personal effects, along with information taken from various government sites, including a photograph of his and his brother's joint grave marker from the War Graves Photographic Project site, both in hard copy paper form and CD. Footnote: Robert Dalton Ingram was born on December 16, 1920, son of George Allan Ingram and Mary Alma Ingram of Toronto, Ontario. He left school at the age of 17, with the highest level of education achieved being Tenth Grade. He was working as an office clerk with Evangeline Beverages of Toronto before entering the military. He signed his Attestation Paper on September 11, 1939 at Toronto, Ontario, stating that he was with the Royal Regiment of Canada, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Office Clerk. It was later addended to acknowledge his marriage to Peggy Ingram in March 1943. An additional slip enclosed in his paperwork states, "I Robert Dalton Ingram do solemnly declare that the above particulars are true and I hereby engage to serve in the Canadian Active Service Force so long as an emergency, i,e, war, invasion, riot or insurrection, real or apprehended, exists, and for the period of demobilzation after said emergency ceases to exist and in any event for a period of not less than one year provided His Majesty should so require my services.", signed by Ingram and dated September 11, 1939. B/66933 Private Ingram was a bright recruit, as noted, "Having qualified as Clerk Group "C" is entitled to draw tradesman's rate of pay at the rate of 25 cents per diem, effective 4 March 1940". He embarked from Halifax, Nova Scotia for overseas service on June 10, 1940, disembarking in Reykjavík, Iceland on the 16th. After four months in Iceland, he embarked on October 28th, arriving in England on November 3rd. It was here that his skills were recognized as a Depot Orderly Clerk, passing his Staff Clerk's course and in July 1941, he was attached to the Central London Technical Training Group. He advanced in rank three times in 1942, becoming Acting Corporal on April 17, Acting Sergeant on July 17, and finally, a Sergeant on August 19, at the age of 22. The following year, he was granted permission to marry. On March 10, 1943, he married Peggy Eileen Ingram (nee Kersey), age 17, a Grocer's Shop Assistant in the District of Worthing, West Sussex, England. She was vouched for by Lieutenant-Colonel R. Murray, late of the Suffolk Regiment and Indian Army, who also served with her grandfather, Mr. W,H. Stringer, of the 18th Hussars in the South African War of 1899-1902.Ingram spent brief stints training with the Royal Artillery for nine days in June/July 1943, nine days in October 1943 and seven days in March 1944. His health was generally good but there are mentions in his medical records of being examined for possible appendicitis, suffering from severe heartburn, having tonsilitis, as well as being issued a prescription for glasses in January 1941. He was awarded the CVSM with clasp on January 15, 1944, before embarking the United Kingdom on July 3, 1944. He arrived in France on the 5th and was Killed in Action thirty-nine days. He died on August 13, 1944, at the age of 23 and is buried at the Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery, Hautot-Sur-Mer, Seine-Maritime, France. His younger brother, B/22018 Kenneth James Ingram (born June 23, 1921 in Barrie, Ontario), Royal Regiment of Canada, RCIC, who died two years earlier, on August 19, 1942, at the age of 21, shares his brother's grave. His personal effects were sent to his mother-in-law in England, who in turn forwarded them to her daughter Peggy, who now lived in Canada and was re-married (Peggy Garrett) as of 1946. The government acknowledged, that if that had been any other effects, that they would have been lost in the bombing of the Army's vehicles on August 14, 1944.