On 7 April 1916, the Shipley Times & Express carried a story that Sgt John Ingham of John Street, Charlestown, Baildon, had been recommended for the Distinguished Conduct Medal.The report continued: “He joined the 1/6th West Yorkshire Regiment in September 1914 and has been in France since April of last year.“He was wounded in September 1915 and was confined to hospital for five weeks. At Christmas he was home on leave.
“His promotion to sergeant in November was obtained through meritorious service in the field and was very popular. In a letter home he refers to the fact that Sgt Ross, a Bradford man, and himself had been recommended for either the D.C.M or D.S.O and adds that it will shortly be officially announced.“He also states that the Bradford V.C. Sgt Merkosha belonged to the same company.”John, known to his mates as Jack, was part of the ‘Big Push’ on the
Somme and was killed in action on 18 July 1916The newspaper carried the words of a letter from regimental chaplain, Rev R Whincup, vicar of Windhill, who wrote: “He was one to whom I frequently talked as I went about among the men and I always found him to be considerate and kind.“We shall miss him very much indeed. He has nobly taken his part in the recent great fighting which has taken place.”