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Harry Charles Ingle (1870–1949)

Mayor of Oxford 1943/4

Harry Charles Ingle was born in Summertown on 14 April 1870 and baptised there on 22 May. He was the son of Charles Ingle (born in Whittlesea, Cambridge in 1840) and Rosa Jane Thomas (born in Oxford in 1846). His parents were married at St Paul's Church, Oxford on 29 July 1869.

Harry's seven younger siblings were also baptised at Summertown: Winifred Alice Ingle (1872), Frances May Ingle (1874), Leonard Arthur Ingle (1878), Dorothy Jane Ingle (1880), Nellie Rose Ingle (1882), Francis Thomas Ingle (1883), and Jessie Margaret Ingle (1886).

The 1871 census shows Harry as an eleven-month-old baby living with his parents at Gothic Cottage, Summertown. His father Charles (30) was described as a National Schoolmaster, and his mother Rosa (24) as an Infant School Mistress. The family had a live-in servant girl aged 13.

By the time of the 1881 census the family were living at the school house in Church Street (now Rogers Street) and Harry had four younger siblings: Winifred (8), Frances (6), Leonard (2), and Dorothy (1). His parents both continued to teach, and presumably their 16-year-old servant girl looked after the children.

Harry was educated at the City of Oxford High School for Boys, and then won a place at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.

He entered the banking profession, and moved around the country. The 1891 census shows him as a 20-year-old bank clerk lodging at 49 Waylen Street, Reading; ten years later in 1901 census he was lodging at 6 St John’s Terrace, Newport, Isle of Wight.

In 1905 in the Colchester district, Harry Charles Ingle married his first wife Mildred Emily Bunting (born in Elmstead, Essex in 1881). They had no children.

His youngest sister Jessie Margaret Ingle died in 1908 at the age of 22 and was buried at Wolvercote Cemetery on 6 November.

The 1911 census shows the couple living at 97 Ware Road, Hertford with one servant, and Ingle (40) was still described as a bank clerk.

In 1913 his wife Mildred Emily Ingle died in the East Preston district of Sussex at the age of 31.

On 13 December 1913 Harry's father Charles Ingle died at Fairlea, 33 George Street (now renamed Middle Way) at the age of 73 and was buried at Wolvercote Cemetery on 3 January 1914 in the grave of Harry's sister Jessie. His effects came to £726 5s. 1d., and Harry was his executor.

In 1930 in the East Preston district, Harry Charles Ingle married his second wife Mabel Winifred Pegg, who was born in Windsor on 1 February 1888 and so eighteen years his junior.

Harry's mother Rosa Jane Ingle died in Oxford in 1931 at the age of 84 and was buried with her husband and daughter on 18 March.

Harry Ingle ended his working career as the manager of the Westminster Bank at Wokingham. It had always been his ambition to come back to Oxford in retirement, and this he did in the early 1930s. In 1934 he was elected on to the city council serving Summertown ward, and remained a councillor until his death. He served as Chairman of the Baths Committee, and represented the City of Oxford on the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Joint Vagrancy Committee and the Town Planning Joint Advisory Committee. He was a governor of his old school (the City of Oxford High School for Boys) and of Southfield School and the Schools of Technology, Art & Commerce. He was sidesman at St Michael & All Angels Church in Summertown, and President of the Summertown Football Club. He was also a member of the Oxford Preservation Trust.

The 1939 register shows Harry living at 27 Capel Close in Summertown with his second wife Mabel.

In 1943 Harry Charles Ingle was elected Mayor of Oxford for 1943/4, and in 1947 he was made an Alderman.

† Harry Charles Ingle died at his home at 27 Capel Close, Summertown at the age of 79 on 22 October 1949 and was buried at Wolvercote Cemetery (Grave C2/135). His effects came to £16,714 5s. 10d., and the Westminster Bank acted as his executor.

His second wife Mabel Winifred Pegg died at the age of 88 in 1976 and was buried in his grave on 5 November.

See also:

  • Oxford Times, 28 October 1949, p. 10g (obituary)
  • 1871 Census: Oxford (Summertown), 1436/12
  • 1881 Census: Oxford (St Giles), 1499/24

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Last updated: 5 December, 2018

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