Honour for VC recipient

Alex Ingram (son of Lieutenant George Ingram VC) holds a portrait of his father and his father's service medals.

By PETER DOUGLAS

THE Seville Township Committee has revealed three upcoming projects which will help honour the region’s sole Victoria Cross (VC) recipient, Lieutenant George Ingram.
Lieutenant Ingram, who died in 1961 and was in fact the last Australian VC recipient from World War I, was awarded for his bravery efforts in 1918 at Montbrehain, France.
Among his many notable efforts included taking out seven machine guns and capturing 60 prisoners in a cellar.
The VC is the highest military honour in the Commonwealth, awarded for valour ‘in the face of the enemy’.
Lieutenant Ingram later returned home to Seville, where he was presented with a gold watch and a poem.
The Seville Township Committee’s projects will include a memorial service, a book launch and an exhibition.
Presently, the committee is looking at a war memorial at the town’s water park, which will include the heroic story of Lieutenant Ingram, as well as list all those from Seville who served in the conflict.
Along with being a decorated World War I veteran, Lieutenant Ingram was a builder and carpenter.
The Ingram family had strong association with the Seville region, with George and his two brothers, who also served in World War I, attending Seville State School.
Lieutenant Ingram was also a member of the Victorian Police force.
He served with the 24th Battalion, 2nd Division.

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