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Surname: BINNS

Forename(s): Fred

Place of Birth: Keighley, Yorkshire

Service No: 7724

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 3rd (Reserve) Battalion

Division: ---

Age: 33

Date of Death: 1916-04-10

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Special Memorial


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

Fred Binns was the son of Frederick Driver and Martha Binns, formerly Pickles née Silverwood. Both parents were born at Keighley, Yorkshire.

1891 Keighley, Yorkshire Census: 25, Lister Street - Frederick Binns, aged 8 years, born Keighley, son of Frederick and Martha Binns.

1901 Keighley, Yorkshire Census: 15, Fell Lane - Frederick Binns, aged 18 years, born Keighley, son of Frederick D. and Martha Binns.

The British Army Service Record for Fred Binns exists but may be incomplete. Fred's address in his Army Record is given as 45, Leonard Street, Barnoldswick; this was the address of his sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Macfarlane Edmondson.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Frederick Binns, 7724, 2/R. Scots. Qualifying date [for 1914 Star]: 31.8.14. Died.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Frederick Binns, 7724, 2nd R. Scots. Died 10.4.16.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Frederick Binns, 7724, 3rd Bn The Royal Scots. Date and Place of Death: 10.4.16. E. Leeds War Hos. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother and Sole Legatee - Martha. £17 15s. 3d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Fred. Date and Cause of Death: 10.4.16. Melanotic Sarcoma of Liver. Name(s) on card(s): Dependant: Mrs Martha Binns. Relationship to soldier: Mother. Address: 86, Chip Hill, Oakworth, Nr Keighley, Yorks.

Fred is commemorated on Oakworth War Memorial and in the Rolls of Honour at the Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh.

A short biography of Fred is included in: ‘Barnoldswick – A small Town’s part in conflicts 1800 to 2014’ by Peter Ian Thompson (2014).

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Private Fred BINNS

Private Fred BINNS

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)

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Surname: BINN

Forename(s): Fred

Born: Keighley, Yorks

Residence: Keighley

Enlisted: Burnley

Number: 7724

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)

Battalion: 3rd Battalion


Died Date: 10/04/16

Died How: Died

Theatre of War: Home


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Surname: BINNS

Forename(s): Fred

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 7724

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Scots

Unit: 3rd Bn.

Age: 33


Died Date: 10/04/1916

Additional Information: Son of Frederick and Martha Binns, of 86, Chip Hill, Oakworth.

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'Keighley News' (15 April 1916)

(Kindly supplied by Andy Wade of the 'Men of Worth Project - Oakworth Village')

The death took place at the East Leeds Military Hospital on Monday of Private Fred Binns (33) 2nd Royal Scots, son of Mrs Binns, of 86, Chip Hill, Oakworth. Private Binns had seen nearly fifteen years' service, joining the army shortly before the outbreak of the Boer War, during which he was a gymnastic instructor in this country. He served five years in India, and at the outbreak of the present war, being a reservist, was recalled to the colours, going out to France immediately and taking part in the now famous retreat from Mons, the battles of the Aisne and Marne, and subsequent engagements up to the fighting at La Bassoe [La Bassée] where he was wounded in the foot and back by shrapnel. He was brought over to hospital in Ireland, and the ship in which he came over was sunk by a mine on its next voyage. On reaching convalescence, he spent a few weeks at home, then went to Weymouth, and acted as a military policeman, and after to Edinburgh, where he was a signalling instructor. About three months ago, he visited his home, and being taken ill, was removed to the Spencer Street Hospital, and later to Beckett Street Leeds, where he died on Monday last. Before the war he worked at Barnoldswick as a moulder, and was well known in that town and at Keighley.

The Funeral took place at Christ Church, Oakworth on Thursday afternoon, the Rev. J. Harrison (Primitive Methodist minister) officiating at the house, and the Rev. J.W. Pendleton (Vicar) at the church and grave side. The route to the church was lined with people, and as the Royal Scots were unavailable seven members of the 21st West Yorkshire Regiment from Skipton, in charge of Sergeant Gill, who came by permission of the Commanding officer and at the request of Captain Kent (recruiting officer from Keighley) acted as bearers. There were also present nine wounded soldiers from the Spencer Street Hospital. A number of floral tributes were sent.

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Christ Church Churchyard, Oakworth, Yorkshire

Christ Church Churchyard, Oakworth, Yorkshire

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