|Source||CWGC Archive, IWGC Staff Card Index; CWGC Archive, CM 3/1/23, COMMISSION MEETING NO. 355, 15/01/1953; CWGC Archive, P 316 Pt. 1 & Pt. 2 – Major A.L. Ingpen; London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906. Accessed via Ancestry UK website on 18/04/2017|
|Biographical Note||Major Arthur Lockyer Ingpen MVO OBE was the Commission’s Land and Legal Adviser in France and Belgium after the First World War. |
He was born in London, England on 15 June 1877 to Arthur Robert Ingpen and Martha Elizabeth Ingpen. He was educated at a preparatory school in Godalming, Surrey with the intent of moving on to Charterhouse and then University. However, he was afflicted with pneumonia twice, and Ingpen completed his education abroad in Switzerland and Germany. Upon returning, he entered the Middle Temple but failed to pass the London Matriculation. He was called to the Chancery Bar in June 1898 and practiced as a Conveyancing and Equity Draftsman and in the Chancery Division of the High Court.
During the First World War, Arthur Ingpen served in the Royal Naval Air Service, Anti-Aircraft Corps as a Chief Petty Officer. From 7th August 1915, he served as a commissioned officer on the Censor Staff in France, later receiving the rank of Captain.
In 1918, Ingpen applied personally for the post of Secretary of the Imperial War Graves Commission, referring to his extensive travel in France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Holland and Italy, his ability to speak and read French. He also mentioned his experience in the drafting of official and business correspondence and reports, the keeping of records and files and the trustee of several settlements and, as a conveyancer, a knowledge of trust accounts.
In 1919, Major Ingpen was appointed the post of the Commission’s Land and Legal Adviser in France and Belgium; a post he held until his retirement in 1932. He authored the procedure for the acquisition of the land for cemeteries and memorials throughout Europe – a procedure which remained substantially unaltered. Ingpen was the first Secretary-General of the Anglo-Belgian Mixed Committee, and also for a time held the post of Secretary General of the Anglo-French Mixed Committee.
In August 1919, he was awarded an Order of the British Empire. He was also a Member of the Royal Victorian Order.
Major Arthur Lockyer Ingpen died in December 1952 in Aldbourne, Wiltshire, aged 75 years old.