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Albert BINNS

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Surname: BINNS

Forename(s): Albert

Place of Birth: Glusburn, Yorkshire

Service No: 18/1222

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 12th (Service) Battalion

Division: 3rd Division

Age: 19

Date of Death: 1916-09-26

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: I. Q. 20.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---




Additional Information:

Albert Binns was the son of Jonas and Elizabeth Binns, formerly or née Adamson. Jonas was born at Glusburn and Elizabeth at York, Yorkshire.

1901 Crosshills, Yorkshire Census: 3, Townend Place - Albert Binns, aged 4 years, born Glusburn, son of Jonas and Elizabeth Binns.

1911 Glusburn, Yorkshire Census: 7, Hartley Street - Albert Binns, aged 14 years, born Glusburn, son of Jonas Binns, widower.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Albert Binns, 18/1222, W. York. R. D. of W's. 26.9.16. [No card has been found for the award of the 1914-15 Star to Albert.]

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Albert Binns, 18/1222, 12th W. Yks. Died of Wounds 26.9.16.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Albert Binns, 18/1222, 12th Bn W. Yorks. Date and Place of Death: 26.9.16. France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Jonas. £12 18s. 4d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Albert. Name(s) on card(s): Dependant: Mr Jonas Binns. Relationship to soldier: Father. Deceased 11.8.21. Address 1. 7, Hartley Street, Glusburn, Keighley. Address 2. 35, Croft Street, Glusburn, Keighley.

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BINNS, Albert, [Glusburn], West Yorkshire Regiment, died of wounds 1916.


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Private Albert BINNS

Private Albert BINNS

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 3rd Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 3rd Division

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Surname: BINNS

Forename(s): Albert

Born: Kildwick, Yorks

Residence: Glusburn, Nr Keighley

Enlisted: Keighley, Yorks

Number: 18/1222

Rank: Private

Regiment: Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion: 12th Battalion


Died Date: 26/09/16

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: BINNS

Forename(s): Albert

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 18/1222

Rank: Private

Regiment: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)

Unit: 12th Bn.

Age: 19


Died Date: 26/09/1916

Additional Information: Son of Jonas and the late Elizabeth Binns, of Glusburn, Keighley, Yorks. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN HE DID WHAT HE COULD)


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Wimereux Communal Cemetery

Wimereux Communal Cemetery

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Courtesy of Colin Chadwick, Harrogate

Wimereux Communal Cemetery

Wimereux Communal Cemetery

CWGC Headstone - personal inscription

Courtesy of Colin Chadwick, Harrogate

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06 October 1916


The village of Glusburn has lost three of her noble sons within the last fortnight. News was received in the latter part of this week that Private Albert Binns of Hartley Street, Glusburn, had died in the Base Hospital at Boulogne from wounds received in action about the middle of August. At the time of his being wounded, Private Binns' two sisters received permits to visit him in the hospital at Boulogne. They went out to see him, and when they left him he was to all appearances making very satisfactory progress. Last week news was received that he had taken a turn for the worse, and two other sisters received permits and went across to France. They stayed with him until he passed away and afterwards attended his funeral at the Warrior's Cemetery near the city. He was buried at the same time as five other noble lads, and had a military funeral. The 'Last post' being sounded over his grave, and the coffin being draped in the Union Jack. He is buried within sound of the guns, and a cross will be placed over his grave.

Private Binns joined the West Yorkshire Regiment (Bradford Pals) a year ago last May, and on Good Friday of this year went with his Battalion to France. He had been wounded previously in the left hand. The wounds which caused his death were received about the middle of August in a bayonet charge 'somewhere in France.' It was about four o'clock in the morning, Private Binns told his sisters, when they went over the top, and he did not remember very much after going over, only he said that all at once it became very dark, and the next thing he knew was that he was having his wounds dressed in a dressing station. He had a wound in his left arm by shrapnel, and also a wound in the side. His left arm was taken off, but apparently his body was poisoned from the wound at the side, and after lingering for some time he passed away. He was trained at Ripon, Salisbury Plain and Blythe. The Matron of the hospital, in speaking of Private Binns, said that he manifested wonderful patience and cheerfulness, and never complained, although he must have suffered awful pain, and she also said that Private Binns was always looking forward to going across the water to his home and friends again.

Another member of the family, Private John Binns, was with his Regiment - The York and Lancasters - somewhere on the Somme Front. Private John Binns enlisted when war broke out and since that time he has only had one leave. He went to France a year ago last July and has escaped injury up to the present time. About three weeks before his brother Albert was wounded for the first time the two brothers met in the battle area, and had a happy time together. Private Binns was 19 years of age at the time of enlistment and worked for Messrs. J. C. Horsfall & Sons, Hayfield Mills. He was an old Sunday scholar at the Glusburn Baptist Mission, and was very much respected in Glusburn.

06 October 1916


A service in memory of the late Captain Cedric F. Horsfall, son of Sir John and Lady Horsfall, Hayfield, Glusburn, who was killed in France on the 18th September, was held on Sunday morning in the Sutton Baptist Church. The large chapel was crowded, and amongst those present were Mrs. Cedric Horsfall, the Mayor of Keighley (Mr. W. A. Brigg), with his mace bearer; Sir John and Lady Horsfall, Miss Horsfall, Miss Dora Horsfall, Miss C. Horsfall, Mrs. Norman Walker, Captain and Mrs. J. Donald Horsfall, Mrs. Curry, Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Petty, Mr. Tom Spencer (Lyndhurst), Mr. Peter Smith, M.P., Mr. W. E. Foster (Keighley), Major C. P Case, Captain Ray Marriner, Mr. John Clough, Mr. F. J. Wilson, Mr. James Woodrow, and Mr. Edgar Naylor.

At the commencement of the service the organist (Mr. Joseph Petty) played 'O rest in the Lord', and at the conclusion of the service the Dead March in 'Saul' was played, the congregation standing whilst it was being played. The choir, conducted by Mr. Joseph Overend, sang the anthem 'There is a Land'. The service was opened by the singing of 'O God our help in ages past'.

The preacher was the pastor (Rev. F. W. Pollard) who said it was nearly a year since the memorial service for Private Joseph Bancroft was held. He was killed in the trenches on October 23rd last year. Fred Simpson and Walter Haggas had been reported missing and no further news had yet been received concerning their fate. Percy Stell and Stanley Archibald, who went through the Gallipoli campaign, were also reported missing. Tom Summersgill, a boy who used to attend the Junior Endeavour Society and the Band of Hope, was killed in July, and now the awful shadow of death again rests upon them, and again they were realising how terrible were the sacrifices the war. The glamour of war was now gone. The fateful week that brought the news of the death of Captain Horsfall would long be remembered for its records of the loss our country sustained of men of special prominence, highly gifted, and with the promise of useful and glorious careers. Raymond Asquith, Captain Henderson and the son of the Rt. Hon. Pike Pease were killed during that week, and the tragedy of those losses was emphasised when news came of the death of Captain Cedric Horsfall. He was indeed worthy to take his place with the best of those who had fallen, by virtue of his noble character and attainments, and by the rich promise of his life. There was in his character much which marked him out for future service in the neighbourhood, in the county and in the country. His education was crowned by his winning highest honours at Cambridge University. He was a true gentleman, the very perfection of kindly consideration for others. They also mourned the death of two others, Lance-Corporal Lewis Binns and Private Albert Binns, both of Glusburn. The first was killed in action on the 11th September. Albert Binns had died during the week as a result of wounds received in action. These men had fallen in defence of their country and its noble ideals, in defence of the cause of freedom and justice, honour and truth. The quarrel thrust upon them was not of their seeking. Their friend, Captain Horsfall, volunteered his services in the very early days of the war. There were many reasons why he might have declined the call home for business considerations; but a noble spirit of chivalry determined him to make the greater choice, and the appeal that came to him in the hour of his country's need met with a noble one. They must see to it that these great sacrifices were not made in vain.

On the Hayfield family vault in the Sutton Baptist burial ground was a beautiful laurel wreath, and also a splendid array of arum lilies.

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01 September 1916


Mr. Jonas Binns, of Hartley Street, has received information during the week that his youngest son, Private Albert Binns, of the West Riding Regiment, has been wounded a second time. Private Binns went out to Egypt with the Bradford Pals, and returned with them to France, where he received shrapnel wounds. The information during the week is from the nurse in hospital, stating that Private Binns had been wounded under the left arm and that he had lost much blood. Private John Binns, also of the West Riding Regiment, elder brother, is also in France, and has written to his father and sisters relating how he met his brother Albert after being separated for above a year. Coming across a section of the West Ridings, he inquired if anybody of the name of Binns was known, when to his great joy the reply came "Yes", and the brothers met.

08 September 1916


WOUNDED SOLDIER - Mr. Jonas Binns, of Hartley Street, has received further information during the week regarding his son, Private Albert Binns, of the West Yorkshires, who was reported wounded last week. The message is a telegram from the hospital in France referring to the seriousness of his son and his desire to see some members of the family. Opportunities for visiting France have been given by the authorities, with the result that two of the sisters went on Wednesday morning.

06 October 1916

BINNS - September 26th, in France, Pte. Albert Binns, of the West Yorkshire Regiment, of Glusburn, aged 19.

06 October 1916


The news received last Friday that Private Albert Binns, of the West Yorkshire Regiment, had died from wounds following the removal of his left arm, was the cause of much regret throughout the whole district. Private Binns joined the forces in May 1915, and went out to France on Good Friday 1916. Though only a lad (about 19 years of age) he joined the army in the firm belief that he had done his duty. His first wound was on the left hand, from which is recovered, and returned to his unit. The wound from which he lost his life was in the left arm. His career as a soldier was a hard one, he having been in three bayonet charges, also bombing expeditions of a very serious nature. While at the hospital in Winnieux his condition grew serious. His constant thoughts were of home, father and sisters. A message was sent, and two of the sisters paid a visit, receiving one free passage. On their arrival they were told that the King's doctor had decided that the amputation of the arm was the only chance of saving his life, and that the operation had been successful. The sisters stayed the allotted time, at the request of their brother, who was in high hopes of soon being again in England, and speaking of what he could do when he got home. On leaving France the sisters were convinced that recovery was certain. A few days later, however, a message was received stating that their brother was again very serious, and the other two sisters, including the youngest, whom he specially desired to see, went out to France, one free pass being again forwarded. On their arrival they found their brother very seriously ill, yet fully conscious and cheerful. He was delighted with their visit. He passed away on Tuesday of last week, in the presence of his sisters, and was buried on Wednesday with others from the hospital. The coffin, which was wrapped in the Union Jack, was carried to the cemetery shoulder high by four comrades. The burial took place with full military honours, and was conducted by a Wesleyan chaplain. The sisters speak highly of the manner in which they were entertained and cared for by the Y.M.C.A., and are proud of the care their brother received while in hospital. He gained the respect and esteem of the nurses and doctors for the cheerfulness and courage he displayed while suffering great pain.

25 May 1917


SOLDIERS ON FURLOUGH - A number of soldiers are home on leave after long turns of service in France. Pte. John Binns, of the Royal Engineers, elder son of Mr. Jonas Binns, has been in France over two years, this being his first visit home. He was amongst the first to enlist from Glusburn. His younger brother, Albert Binns, died from wounds. Lance-Corporal Willie Hall, of Sutton, is home after serving 18 months at the front. Hugh Spencer, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Spencer of Sutton Mill, has been 20 months without leave. He is employed in the chemical section in France. Quarter-Master-Sergeant Frank Stephenson, of Sutton Mill, is home for 14 days, being on the sick list.

03 August 1917


DEDICATION OF ROLL OF HONOUR - A special service, reverent and very beautiful throughout, the dedication of the roll of honour, was conducted in St. Thomas's Church on Sunday evening last by the vicar, Rev. A. R. Light. The roll of honour is a triptych, the top panel, a beautiful inlet picture representing 'The Great Sacrifice.' It contains the names of the fallen heroes, viz., Arnold Healey, F.W. Thompson, Norman Riley, Lyall Taylor, J.G. Bancroft, E. Wilkinson, Nelson Petty, W. Haggas, G. Sanderson, R. Whitehall, W. Hargreaves, T. Summerskill, A.W. Tune, C.F. Horsfall, Lewis Binns,Albert Binns, E. Fisher, and W. Blake Spencer. The left panel represents 'The White Comrade,' and the right 'The watch on many waters,' in very artistic colours. The large centre space contains the names of all who were residents in the Sutton parish and are still serving their King and country. The sermon was from the text, "Through God we shall do valiantly." The large congregation left the church to the strains of the French National Anthem.

21 September 1917

In ever loving memory of Private Albert Binns, who died of wounds at Wimereux, near Boulogne, Sept. 26, 1916.

A loving son, a brother dear,
A friend to all when he was here;
Our loss is great, we won't complain,
But trust in God to meet again.

- From Father and Sisters (also Brother in France). Hartley Street, Glusburn.

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