George Mawby INGRAM VC, MM

INGRAM, George Mawby

Service Numbers: 233, 5919, V82281
Enlisted: 10 December 1914, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 18 March 1889
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Seville State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Natural causes (heart disease), Hastings, Victoria, Australia, 1 July 1961, aged 72 years
Cemetery: Frankston Memorial Park and Cemetery
Memorials: Bagshot State School No 852 WWI Honour Roll, Hastings George Mawby Ingram Memorial, Keith Payne VC Memorial Park, North Bondi War Memorial, Seville Primary School Captain George Ingram VC Memorial Gates, Seville War Memorial, Winchelsea WWI Memorial
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World War 1 Service

10 Dec 1914: Enlisted Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Forces (New Guinea 1914), Private, 233, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, Melbourne, Victoria
22 Feb 1915: Involvement Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Forces (New Guinea 1914), Private, 233, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, German New Guinea
19 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 5919, Melbourne, Victoria
19 Jan 1916: Discharged Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Forces (New Guinea 1914), Corporal, 233, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force
2 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 5919, 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Nestor, Melbourne
2 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 5919, 24th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '14' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Nestor embarkation_ship_number: A71 public_note: ''
16 Mar 1917: Honoured Military Medal, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages
20 Jun 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 24th Infantry Battalion
5 Oct 1918: Honoured Victoria Cross, Breaching the Hindenburg Line - Cambrai / St Quentin Canal
24 Oct 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 24th Infantry Battalion
2 Jun 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 24th Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

17 Nov 1939: Enlisted V82281
17 Nov 1939: Enlisted Captain, V82281, South Melbourne, Victoria
6 May 1944: Discharged Captain, V82281

Via Graeme Savage

His early childhood/schooling was in this town & he often visited post war those memories were nice.

He lost 2 brothers in the Great War and despite him having a gentle soul, this final Battle reflected his anger/frustration/despair.

He never ever spoke of the Great War publicly on his return....

George Ingram
George Morby Ingram, VC, MM (18 March 1889 – 30 June 1961) was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest decoration for gallantry "in the face of the enemy" that can be awarded to members of the British and Commonwealth armed forces. Ingram became Australia's final recipient of the Victoria Cross during the First World War following his actions during an attack on the village of Montbrehain in France. Leading a platoon during the engagement, he instigated several charges against a number of German strong points that eventuated in the seizure of ten machine guns and sixty-two prisoners, as well as inflicting high casualties.

George Ingram
A head and shoulders portrait of a man in military uniform wearing medals.
George Ingram c.1919
18 March 1889
Bendigo, Victoria
30 June 1961 (aged 72)
Hastings, Victoria
Frankston Cemetery
Citizens Military Force
Australian Imperial Force
Years of service
First World War

Asian and Pacific Theatre
Western Front
Battle of Passchendaele
Battle of St. Quentin Canal
Second World War
Victoria Cross
Military Medal
Born in the Victorian town of Bendigo, Ingram was apprenticed as a carpenter and joiner upon leaving school. Joining the militia at the age of fourteen, he later settled in Melbourne where he worked as a building contractor. Following the outbreak of the First World War, Ingram enlisted in the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force and served on New Guinea before receiving his discharge in early 1916. Enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force on the same day, he embarked for the Western Front. He was decorated with the Military Medal following his actions as a member of a bombing section during an attack on Bapaume. Commissioned as a second lieutenant in June 1918, Ingram returned to Australia in 1919 where he was discharged soon after. Re-settling in Melbourne, he was employed as a foreman for a building contractor company. Enlisting for service in the Second World War, he was allotted to the Royal Australian Engineers and achieved the rank of captain before being placed on the Retired List in 1944. Ingram died in 1961 at the age of 72.

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Ingram, George Mawby (1889–1961)
by Darryl McIntyre

George Mawby Ingram, soldier and carpenter, was born on 18 March 1889 at Bagshot near Sandhurst (Bendigo), Victoria, son of George Ronald Ingram, farmer, and his wife Charlotte, née Hubbard, both Victorian-born. Educated at Seville State School, he was apprenticed as a carpenter and joiner. He later went to Caulfield, Melbourne, and worked as a carpenter until 1914. On 19 January 1910, at East Prahran, he had married Jane Francis Nichols with Congregational forms. There were no children of the marriage which was dissolved in 1926 with Ingram as petitioner, the grounds being desertion by his wife.

In 1905-14 Ingram was a member of the militia forces and was attached to the Australian Garrison Artillery. On 10 December 1914 he enlisted as a private with the 3rd Battalion, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, and served in New Guinea until his discharge on 19 January 1916; he immediately enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force and was allotted to the 16th Reinforcements to the 24th Battalion. In January 1917 he joined his unit in France. Within the next nine months he received promotions from corporal to company sergeant major and was awarded the Military Medal for 'great courage and initiative as a member of a bombing section' at Grevillers, near Bapaume, in March. He was in hospital from April until June and again during September and October, after which he rejoined his battalion. On 20 June 1918 he was appointed second lieutenant but three days later he was evacuated with illness, resuming duty on 12 July. He was promoted lieutenant on 24 October.

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Victoria Cross

'For most conspicuous bravery and initiative during the attack on Montbrehain, east of Peronne, on 5th October, 1918. When early in the advance his platoon was held up by a strong point, Lieutenant Ingram, without hesitation, dashed out and rushed the post at the head of his men, capturing nine machine guns and killing 42 enemy after stubborn resistance. Later, when the company had suffered severe casualties from enemy posts, and many leaders had fallen, he at once took control of the situation, rallid his men under intense fire, and led them forward. He himself rushed the first post, shot six of the enemy, and captured a machine gun, thus overcoming serious resistance. On two subsequent occasions he again displayed great dash and resource in the capture of enemy posts, inflicting many casualties and taking 62 prisoners. Throughout the whole day he showed the most inspiring example of courage and leadership, and freely exposed himself regardless of danger.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Military Medal

night of 15th and 16th March this N.C.O. showed great courage and initiative as member of a bombing section. It was mainly owing to the excellent placing of his bombs, that the enemy bombers, who greatly outnumbered our men, were held off. Later when the enemy returned in force this N.C.O. with 2 men covered the retirement of his party, and by deadly sniping held the attackers off thereby averting serious loss to our bombing party.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 140
Date: 27 August 1917