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Harry Bingham was born in Preston in 1896 and was the son of John and Elizabeth Bingham (nee Eastwood).

John Bingham and Elizabeth Eastwood were married in St. Luke with St. Phllips Church, Witton, Blackburn in 1889. They had another four children; the first three William (1889), Ann (1891) and George (1893) were born in Blackburn. Harry was born in Preston and then the youngest child Elizabeth (1910) was also born in Preston.

When the 1901 Census was recorded Harry was living with the family at 50 Hamilton Road, Preston. Harry`s father John was originally from Preston and his mother Elizabeth was a native of Blackburn. John Bingham was working as a corn miller. Elizabeth`s father William Eastwood was also living with the family.

In the 1911 Census Harry is with his family at 227 Albert Edward Terrace, Marsh Lane, Preston. He was employed as a cloth warehouse assistant. According to the newspaper article below, Harry was also a promising footballer having played as a regular in the left back position for Fleetwood in the season prior to the war.

Harry enlisted at Preston on 15 September, 1914 and was put in the 4th Battalion. He was given the service number 2514 which would later be changed to 200600. On inspection the Medical Officer recorded that Harry was 5`5” tall, had normal vision and was of good physical development.

In the early morning of 4 May, 1915 the 1/4th Battalion left Folkestone on board the SS `Onward` bound for Boulogne. Harry was part of ‘A’ Company.

On the 15 September, 1916 he was granted Proficiency Pay Class 1. He was also awarded a Good Conduct Badge in February, 1917.

On the 7th April 1917 Harry was admitted to a field ambulance with gunshot wounds to his chest and head and unfortunately he died the following day 8th April 1917.

The following report appeared in the Preston Guardian:-

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(Note: the newspaper article states that Harry died on 4 April. Both his service papers and the CWGC have his death recorded as 8 April, 1917)

A Battalion account of the actions

“On the 28th March we moved back to CANAL BANK, YPRES: on that day we made 272 barbed wire concertinas and carried 100 up the line. We remained here a few days, supplying nightly working parties.

On the 2April we relieved the 1/4th KINGS OWN in the LA BRIQUE sector without casualties; Second Lieutenant Fullerton joined us. The next day was quiet, with slight shelling on the front line, but on the following night a patrol of ours ran into a strong enemy party, who tried to cut them off, but a Lewis gun team being sent for, they thought better of it and retired, covered by two machine guns; we had three killed and one wounded that day.

On the 6th we had a man wounded, and again on the 7th ; on the latter day the 165th Brigade on our right carried out a hurricane bombardment on the enemy`s front line with Stokes` mortars. The enemy sent up red flares, which, being our S.O.S. signal, brought our artillery into action and 600 shells were fired on the enemy front line opposite us. Our relief that night by the 1/4th KING`S OWN was carried out with one casualty in bright moonlight, and we went back to CANAL BANK.

Harry`s personal effects were returned to his family in Preston and these included:-

  • 1 tobacco pouch
  • 1 letter case
  • 1 pipe (broken)
  • 1 ID Disc chain attached
  • 5 buttons
  • 1 letter case with letters
  • Photographs and cards
  • 1 wrist watch and strap
  • 1 knife
  • 1 testament
  • 1 Dictionary
  • 1 stud
  • 1 cigarette case
  • 3 badges.

Private Harry Eastwood Bingham was awarded the 1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals and is buried with honour in the Lljssenthoek Military Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Rank: Private
Service No: 200600
Date of Death: 08/04/1917
Age: 21
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, “A” Coy. 1st/4th Bn.
Cemetery: LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY

Janet Davis

Janet Davis

Janet Davis has been researching her family history for many years and through this she discovered many relatives who served in WW1. This interest then led Janet to do many walking the battlefield tours with her husband. In April 2013 she discovered this website and volunteered to help. Janet believes that there are lots of stories still to be told, most of them very sad but at the same time they are a fascinating insight into the men, their families, what they did and where they came from.
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