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Surname: BINNS

Forename(s): Lewis

Place of Birth: Cowling, Yorkshire

Service No: 4177

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 'D' Coy 1/6th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: 35

Date of Death: 1916-09-15

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: V. L. 10.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: COWLING, YORKSHIRE




Additional Information:

Lewis Binns was the son of Thomas and Sarah Binns, née Hopkinson. Both parents were born at Cowling, Yorkshire.

1881 Cowling, Yorkshire Census: Higher Lane House Farm, Ickornshaw - Louis Binns, aged 5 months, born Cowling, son of Thomas and Sarah Binns.

1891 Cowling, Yorkshire Census: Middleton - Louis Binns, aged 10 years, born Cowling, son of Thomas and Sarah Binns.

Lewis was married to Hannah Maria Hustler in 1900. Hannah was the daughter of William and Mary Ann Bland, née Hustler (married 3 July 1880). Hannah was the sister of Private George Bland (3/12826) (q.v.).

1901 Glusburn, Yorkshire Census: 6, Croft House Terrace - Lewis Binns, aged 20 years, born Skipton, Yorkshire. [Lewis, his wife Hannah M. and daughter, Gladys were living with Hannah's parents, William and Mary A. Bland.]

1911 Glusburn, Yorkshire Census: 3, White Abbey - Lewis Binns, aged 30 years, born Cowling, Yorkshire, husband of Hannah Maria Binns.

The British Army Service Record for Lewis Binns exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Lewis Binns, 6/4177, W. Rid. R. K. in A. 15.9.16.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Lewis Binns, 6/4177, 1/6 W. Rid. R. K. in A. 15.9.16.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Lewis Binns, 4177, 1/6th Bn W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: 15.9.16. France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow and Sole Legatee - Hannah M. £0 10s. 0d.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Lewis Binns, 4177, 1/6th Bn W. Riding Rgt. Date and Place of Death: 15.9.16 in action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow and Sole Legatee - Hannah M. £7 17s. 1d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Lewis. Name(s) on card(s): Widow: Hannah Marie, born 18.11.79. Address: 5, White Abbey, Green Lane, Glusburn, Yorkshire. Children: Ivy, born 10.4.03. Herbert, born 20.8.09.

See also: ‘Guiseley Terriers: A Small Part in The Great War – A History of the 1/6th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment’ by Stephen Barber (2018).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

BINNS, L., West Riding Regiment, of White Abbey Lane, [Glusburn], killed in action Sept. 15, 1916.


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Private Lewis BINNS

Private Lewis BINNS

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

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Surname: BINNS

Forename(s): Lewis


Residence: Keighley, Yorks

Enlisted: Skipton, Yorks

Number: 4177

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 1/6th Battalion


Died Date: 15/09/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: BINNS

Forename(s): Lewis

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 6/4177

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 1st/6th Bn.

Age: 35


Died Date: 15/09/1916

Additional Information: Husband of Hannah Maria Binns, of 5, White Abbey, Green Lane, Glusburn, Keighley. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: HE DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE)

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War Diary of the 1/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)


HEDAUVILLE. 9 a.m. The C. O. started to inspect the Bn. by Coys, but orders were suddenly received that the Bde. were to proceed to the trenches and relieve the 32 Inf. Bde. of the 11th Division. Guides met Platoons at Crucifix Corner at 9.30, the Bn. having had tea and a few hours halt in Martinsart Wood.

Just as the relief had started the Germans made a bombing attack on the left part of the Salient which was driven back. Heavy barrages were put on by both sides and our Bn. coming in had not a very pleasant time. D Coy went into the front line and had a number of Casualties before getting there. Casualties: . . . 4177 Pte L. Binns D Coy Killed by shell.

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


BINNS Hannah Maria of 13a Colne-road Glusburn near Keighley Yorkshire widow died 16 September 1943 Administration Llandudno 4 November to Ivy Whitehead (wife of Frank Whitehead). Effects £173 16s. 1d.

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29 September 1916


On Wednesday Mrs. Lewis Binns, of Green Lane, Glusburn, received information that her husband, Lance Corporal Lewis Binns, had been killed. In a letter dated the 23rd September his Platoon Officer says:-

"It is the deepest regret to me to have to tell you of the death of your valiant husband. I have not written before though he has been missing since the 15th instant, because I hoped he was wounded and would be in hospital. I regret, however, to say a search party found his body. From his wound (through the neck) it is quite clear he died at once. He was a magnificent soldier, well above the usual standard, smart, civil, and hard working, and would doubtless have very shortly had a stripe, which, with the experience he had had, he would undoubtedly have worn with distinction. Not only did I have complete confidence in him at all times, but we all, officers and men, liked him as a companion and will miss him from our platoon. Please accept our deepest sympathy, in your loss. We thank God that we know He will be a very present help to you in this time of trouble. With our deepest sympathy.

"Yours sincerely, (Signed) B. G. BAXTER, Lieutenant, (His Platoon Officer)."

Lance-Corporal Binns was in the Duke of Wellington's, having enlisted on the 12th of April 1915. He went to France in March of this year. He was 36 years of age and leaves a widow and two children. He was a man who was highly respected in the village for his straightforward manly character.

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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29 September 1916


Mrs. Binns, of White Abbey, Green Lane, received information on Wednesday that her husband had been killed in action on September 15th. Private Lewis Binns joined the Duke of Wellington's in April 1915,and went across to France in the month of March last. Prior to joining the forces he was employed at the Eastburn Quarries. He was a good workman and well respected by his fellow workers. All his letters home were characteristic for their cheerfulness, and he often used the phrase "We must keep smiling". In a letter the platoon officer, Lieut. B.G. Buxton, says:- "It is with the deepest regret to me to have to tell you of the death of your beloved husband. I have not written before as I thought he might be wounded, having been missing since the 15th. I hoped he might turn up at the hospital. I regret to inform you a search party was formed and your husband was found amongst the killed, having been wounded in the neck. It is quite clear that death was instantaneous. He was a magnificent soldier, well above the average standard, smart, civil, and a hard worker." The officer concluded the letter by commending the widow to God, whom he knew would be a help to her in the present great trouble. The deceased soldier leaves a widow, and a girl and a boy, with whom much sympathy is felt.

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.

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