Lieutenant John W. Ings
SAC 1913-1914

Lieutenant John Walter Ings was born at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, the son of Lieutenant Colonel Albert Ernest Ings and Clara Ings, of 52 Albany Avenue, Toronto and attended St. Andrew's College from 1913 to 1914.

He was serving with the 56th Field Company, Royal Engineers when he was killed in action on Wednesday September 18th, 1918 at the age of 20. He is buried at the Beaumetz Cross Roads Cememery, Beaumetz-Les-Cambrai, Pas de Calais, France (Grave Reference: E. 18.)

The village of Beaumetz-les-Cambrai was captured by the enemy on the 22nd March, 1918, after an obstinate defence by the 51st (Highland) and 25th Divisions, and retaken in the middle of the following September. Beaumetz Cross Roads Cemetery was begun by fighting units in March, 1917, and used until February, 1918; these graves are in Row D. The Germans knew it as No. 6 (English Military) Cemetery. Further British burials were made (in Rows E and F) in September and October, 1918. After the Armistice graves of 1917-18 were brought in from the surrounding battlefields the body of one United States soldier was removed to another cemetery. There are now over 250, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over a quarter are unidentified and special memorials are erected to four soldiers from the United Kingdom and three from Australia, known or believed to be buried among them. The Cemetery covers an area of 1,405 square metres and is enclosed by a flint wall on three sides.

  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission Page for John Ings.
  • Commemorated on Page 589 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.