Photographs of Private James Ingram
The Highlanders’ Museum
Nowadays we are more used to seeing people with a range of physical impairments taking part in sport. However, at the time these photos were taken, such activity was more unusual. They show Private James Ingram of the Seaforth Highlanders during the London to Brighton walking competition.
Ingram was blinded by a shell blast on 1st May, 1917 in Arras, France during the First World War. This war is known for its trench warfare and heavy fatalities, but it has also been estimated that as many as 15 million men were left with potentially life-changing injuries after the conflict. James Ingram’s injuries were so severe that both of his eyes had to be surgically removed.
Ingram led an interesting life despite the challenges presented by his loss of sight. He took a great interest in sport, pursuing a career as a masseur and physiotherapist.
He also came in first place in the London to Brighton walk in 1924, 1925, and 1926.
Memorialising… James Ingram, a soldier who overcame adversity.