Edward Charles Ingouville-Williams was born 13th December 1861 at Purbrook, Hampshire, son of General Sir John William Collman Williams, K.C.B., J.P., and of Georgiana Isabella, daughter of George Ingouville a landed proprietor and Albina Ingouville, of La Fregonniere, Jersey.
Edward Charles was commissioned as an officer to the 3rd Foot Regiment (East Kent Regt. known as 'The Buffs'), as Second Lieutenant, from the Militia on the 23rd April 1881. He was promoted to rank of Lieutenant with the The Buffs, on the 1st July 1881. He served in the Sudan Expedition, 1884-85 (Nile), as Special Officer for Boats (Staff Captain), and received the Medal with clasp, and Khedive's Star.
He was promoted to rank of Captain on the 1st November 1892. He was Adjutant of The Buffs from 20th May 1894 to 21st January 1898. From 22nd January 1898 to 10th April 1899, he was specially employed with the Egyptian Army, as Special Service Officer, and served in the Nile Expedition of 1898, taking part in the battles of Atbara and Khartoum, where he was in charge of Transport arrangements, and in command of the Army Transport Corps with the British Division during the Khartoum operations. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 24th May and 30th September 1898]; was given the Brevet of Major on the 16th November 1898; received the Medal and the Egyptian Medal with two clasps. In the Nile Expedition of 1898 he was Brigade Major with Colonel Kitchener's Brigade and served as DAAG (Deputy Assistant Adjutant General) to the Kordofan Field Force, and received a clasp to the Egyptian Medal.
He served in the South African War from 1899 to 1902, on Sir Charles Warren's Staff; as Assistant Provost-Marshal, November 1899 to 19th May 1900; Brigade Major from May to 31st December 1900; Commanding Mounted Infantry Corps, and Commanding a Mobile Column from the 1st January 1901 to 25th September 1902.
Maj.-Gen. E. C. Ingouville-Williams
(Known by his men as ‘Inky Bill’)