Maurice Ingram: Correspondence and papers

Scope and Content

Thirty-two letters, written mainly from Ingram to his mother, with copies of his and her wills, a collection of family photographs and some newspaper cuttings.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Maurice Berkeley Ingram (1890-1941), diplomat, was born in London on 14 December 1890, the son of Edward Richard Berkeley Ingram (1850-1895), Major in the 2nd Battalion, Welch Regiment, and his wife, Laura Maria Channell Ingram (1850-1943). Ingram attended Eton, 1904-1907, and King's College, Cambridge, 1909-1913. Between 1914 and 1918 he served, with the rank of captain, on the General Staff at the War Office (O.B.E, 1918). He entered the Foreign Office and Diplomatic Service in 1919. After serving as assistant secretary to Lord Milner's mission to Egypt in 1920, he transferred as First Secretary to Oslo in 1924. In 1926 he moved to Berlin, where he acted as charg d'affaires until 1927. After a brief sojourn in London, he was appointed to the legation in Peking in 1929, where he acted as charg d'affaires until 1934 (C.M.G, 1934). Between 1935 and 1937, he was charg d'affaires in Rome, after which he transferred to the Foreign Office. In 1939 he joined the Ministry of Economic Warfare, where he took charge of the foreign relations side of the policy of blockade. He was killed as a result of enemy action whilst fire watching on 10 May 1941, at Curzon Street, Westminster.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Julian Browning, 1999.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

There is a detailed description of the collection in the Additional Manuscripts Catalogue, available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Related Material

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, holds a number of paintings and Chinese artefacts bequeathed by E.M.B. Ingram