Major-General Ingouville-Williams was known as "Inky Bill" to his troops
In 1914 Brigadier General Edward Ingouville-Williams went to France as a commander of 16 Infantry Brigade (6th Division). He was promoted to Major-General, in June 1915, when he took command of the newly formed 34th Division, which he took to the front in January 1916. The Division lost heavily on 1 July 1916 when it attacked at La Boiselle. The Division was in the fighting line until 19 July when it was withdrawn.
Major-General Ingouville-Williams (known as "Inky Bill" to his troops) paid the following tribute to his division:
" My men did glorious deeds. Never have I seen men go through such a hell of a barrage of artillery. They advanced as on parade, and never flinched. I can't speak too highly of them. They earned a great record. But, alas, at a great cost. I am very sad at losing all my brave fellows, but so glad that their grand work is appreciated by the Corps Commander, Army Commander and Sir Douglas Haig. My brave men had to face a long advance to reach their objective ... They did their duty nobly. Never shall I cease singing the praises of my men, and I shall never have the same grand men to deal with again. I think they have done their part well, and their attack made all the subsequent success possible."
On 22 July Major-General Ingouville-Williams went with his ADC to the Bois-de-Mametz to make a personal reconnaissance of the ground where he was to take his Division into action the following week, south-west of Mametz Wood. After walking back from Contalmaison around the south side of the wood to meet his car, which was at Montauban, he was caught in an artillery barrage.
He was hit by a piece of shrapnel which killed him instantly. He was 54 years of age.
22 July 1916 killed in an artillery barrage.
Research by David Tattersfield, WFA Development Trustee
Photo 1 - courtesy Worcester Regimental Museum.