Pocket diary kept by Brevet Major Percy Ingpen, 1/8th Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment), 28 June 1917 to 2 January 1918
The brief but useful entries chiefly relate to the routine of and events affecting the battalion. Ingpen was wounded in three places whilst rallying his unit at Westhoek Ridge during the Battle of Langemarck on 16 August 1917.
His diary notes that he 'found the men inclined to break and collected about 150 and took them forward again. On my way back I was hit in three places, the head, leg and lung. The last put me out of action. My orderly stuck to me and got a stretcher and bearers and after a very painful journey I arrived at 36 CGS [Casualty Clearing Station] pretty well done up'. He was later awarded a Bar to his Distinguished Service Order for this action.
From a collection of papers relating to Lieutenant-Colonel P L Ingpen, DSO and bar, West Yorkshire Regiment, Officer Commanding 1/8th Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment), 1916-1918.
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