Lieutenant Gerald Sclater INGRAM
2nd Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment
Date of birth: 24 July 1890
Date of death: 21 October 1914
Killed in action aged 24
No known grave
Gerald Sclater was born in South Kensington to William R. Ingram, a stockbroker and his wife, Beatrice Eleanor Crofts.
He was educated at Pembroke Lodge, Southbourne, Hampshire, and at Winchester from 1904 until 1909. He came up to Christ Church that autumn. At the time of the 1911 census, he was staying in a party with the golf professional, Maitland Walker, at Links View, Harlech.
On 16 July 1912, in The London Gazette, his name appeared in an unattached list for the Territorial Force which noted that Gerald Sclater Ingram was to be Second Lieutenant. In the Gazette edition of 6th February 1914, under The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment”, the following information appears:
Second Lieutenant Gerald Sclater Ingram, from the Unattached List Territorial Force (University Candidate), to be Second Lieutenant. Dated 3rd September 1912, but not to carry pay or allowances prior to 7th February 1914.
When war was declared, Gerald Sclater Ingram went to France with A Company, the 2nd Queen’s. He was promoted lieutenant in September 1914 and was killed in action at Zonnebeke on 21st October that year.
On 4th November, The Times published a notification of his death as follows:
LIEUTENANT GERALD SCLATER INGRAM, 2nd Queen’s Regiment, who was killed near Ypres on October 21 was the only child of Mrs William Ingram of 77 Eccleston Square, SW. He was born in July, 1890, and was educated at Winchester and Christ Church, Oxford. He was gazetted to a second lieutenancy in his regiment in February last, and was promoted last month.
Gerald Sclater Ingram is commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres.
Although his name is inscribed on Chailey’s war memorial his connection with the village appears to be by association (through the Ingram and Blencowe families) and he does not feature at all in Chailey’s Parish Magazine. At the time of his death, his widowed mother was living at 77 Eccleston Square, London SW.
Probate was granted on 19 December 1916 to Francis Guerin Crofts, [his uncle] Stockbroker. Gerald’s address is given as 28 St. George’s Road, Pimlico. He left £4094-5s.