Lee Harold Ingram, Highly Decorated WWI Veteran


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Lee Harry Ingram was born on 5 Sep 1893 in Hope Falls, NY, a son of Tarquin and Binda Paige Ingram. He is found living with his parents in the 1900 census in Hope, Hamilton County, NY. By 1905, the family had moved to Gloversville where they are found in the 1905 NYS census record. By the 1910 census, at age 16, Lee is working as a Glove Cutter in the local glove industry. His obituary states that he worked for the H. G. Hilts Glove Company of Gloversville. He enlisted as a private in Company G, 2nd Inf, NY National Guards on 14 Dec 1912, in Gloversville, NY. He obtained the rank of Corporal on 20 Jul 1916 and served on the Mexican Border from July to October of 1916. He was activated into the regular army on 1 Jan 1917 and became a Sergeant on 22 Mar 1917. He served overseas from 18 May 1918 to 6 Mar 1919 and participated in the following battles:

East Poperinge Line (9 Jul - 20 Aug)
Dickebusch sector (21-30 Aug)
Vierstadt Ridge (31 Aug - 2 Sep)
Knolls (27 Sep)
La Salle Ridge (17 Oct)
Jonc De Mev Ridge (18 Oct)
St. Maruice Ridge (19-20 Oct)

The Morning Herald, Gloversville, Monday, 24 Nov 1919

Decorated by Prince of Wales

Lee H Ingram of Gloversville Received British Military Medal at New York Saturday.

The final day of the Prince of Wales memorable visit to the United States was made notable by his decoration of American and British officers and men and Red Cross nurses for their meritorious service during the war. These ceremonies took place aboard the gray battle cruiser Renown of the British navy, from the top of which the distinguished visitor later in the day waved farewell and floating back over the ruffled waters of New York bay came the strains of 'The Star Spangled Banner."

Of more than passing interest in connection with this particular incident of the Prince's last day in America, is that among those decorated was Sergeant and Sheriff-elect Lee H. Ingram of Gloversville. The former officer of Co. G, 105th Inlalntry, Twenty-seventh division left for New York on Friday to be, present in person to receive from the Prince the British Military medal confirmed by order of His Majesty the King of England.

The decoration of Fulton county's sheriff-elect follows the conferring of the Distinguished Service Cross by President Wilson upon the recommendation of General Pershing and the Croix de Guerre, the decoration of the French government for especially gallant service. On Saturday the Prince of Wales added Great Britain's tribute to the local soldier's courage in the World war.

In the official citation conferring the Distinguished Service Cross on Sergeant Ingram he was officially cited and publicity commended "for extra-ordinary heroism in action east of Ronssoy, France, September 29, 1918. During the operations against the Hindenburg line, Sergeant Ingram left shelter and went forward under heavy shell and machine-gun fire and rescued five wounded soldiers. In performing this gallant act, Sergeant Ingram and another soldier attacked an enemy dugout, killing two of the enemy and taking one prisoner."

The date, Sept. 29, 1818, is significant. That was the day the American, French and British forces ploughed through the Hindenburg line — one of the most notable and memorable events of the war and the fact that former Sergeant Ingram has now been honored by the American, French and British government is because the armies of these three allies were engaged in the work of breaking the Hindenburg line.

Lee was honorably discharged on 19 Nov 1919 at Camp Upton. He was 5 foot, 9.5 inches tall, of fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, and residing in Gloversville, NY with an occupation of that as a Glover at the time of enlistment.

After returning from WWI, he was elected county Sheriff, and took office on 1 Jan 1920 for a 3 year term, and again on 1 Jan 1932. He married 22 Feb 1923 in Albany to Miss Isabel Loveys. She died on 5 Jan 1951.

He later became a superintendent of the Wells Chemical Company, a position from which he retired in 1958.

He died 28 Oct 1967. He was buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville.

The following members of the 27th Infantry Division Assocation who attended his funeral were:

Nicholas Simon
Frank A. Scarareillo
Roy Plumadore
J. George Salamack
Barney Golden
Judson Fonda
John Mahoney Sr.
Allyn Kennedy
Howard Retersdorf
Reuben Todd
Guy Harris
Fred Swarts
Lester Bellinger
Robert Bremer
George Vacek
John Quinn
Michael Curcio
harry Putman
Frank Hartnett
John Campbell
John Rosa
Lloyd Collins
Edward Vertucci
Frank Sparks
Joseph Condo
Allan Mathias
Terry McGivern
Anthony Wilt
Donald Lavery
Byron Elphee
James McGuire
Joseph Clark
Kenneth Phillips
Richard Bruce
Joseph Steffek

and the Gloversville American Legion Post:

Lewis Schwarts
Edmuch Wilcox
Howard DeLong
Charles Finn
Anthony Staffolano
Martin Kohler
Otis Durfee

The members of the firing squad were from the Fulton County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post:

Edgar Anderson, commander
Charles Hanson
Julius Hanson
Richard Koberlein
Robert Redding
James Byron
Carl Baker, bugler

Lee's father, Tarquin Ingram, was a Civil War Veteran. He was born in Horicon, Warren County, NY on 14 Jan 1842, a son of Nathaniel and Maria Barton Ingram. He enlisted on 28 Jul 1862, as a private in the 118th NY Infantry, Company D and was promoted to a Corporal in 21 Jan 1865 and discharged on 13 Jun 1865. Tarquin and his family were still living in Warren County in the 1880 census, but by 1892, the had moved to Hamilton County.

 

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