Biography

Birth date: 18 March 1889
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Bendigo
Death date: 01 July 1961
Death place: Australia: Victoria, Mornington Peninsula, Hastings
Final rank: Lieutenant
Service number: 5919 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 24th Australian Infantry Battalion

Born at Bendigo, Victoria, George Ingram was a carpenter before joining the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force for service in New Guinea, then enlisting in the AIF. He arrived in France in early 1917. He was awarded the Military Medal for his work near Bapaume two months later.

Ingram was a tall, well-built man and despite illnesses which hospitalised him several times, was in fine form when his battalion took part in the last Australian infantry action of the war, the attack on Montbrehain on 5 October 1918 . When the battalion came under heavy fire, Ingram rushed an enemy post and captured nine machine-guns, killing 42 of the enemy in the process. Several more times throughout the day he displayed great courage, capturing posts and many more prisoners.

After the war Ingram worked as a building foreman and a farmer in Victoria. During the Second World War he served with the Royal Australian Engineers, attaining the rank of captain.

Ingram received the Victoria Cross, the Military Medal, service medals for the First and Second World Wars, and coronation medals for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 02 October 1916
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 24th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 24th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Military Medal
  • Unit: 24th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 24th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Military Medal
  • Unit: 24th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

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Date of birth 1889-03-18
Date of embarkation 1916-10-02
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-03-25
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-10
Awarded Victoria Cross 1918-10-05 For action at Montbrehain, east of Peronne, France whilst serving with 24 Battalion, 6 Brigade, 2 Division as a Lieutenant
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-11-21
Date of death 1961-07-01