Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1916, Lieutenant Charles Adolf Max Bingen, 5th Battalion, the Royal Sussex Regiment, was killed on the Western Front.
One of two sons of a German-born bank clerk, he was educated at Corinth House, a boarding school for Jewish boys, before attending Cheltenham College and the Ecole de Commerce at Neuchatel in Switzerland. He had been working as a bank before enlisting at the outbreak of the Great War.
Lieutenant Bingen was commissioned on the 22nd of September, 1914, and went to the Western Front five months later. On the day of his death he was supervising works behind the front line near Hebuterne when he was killed by shell-fire. His commanding officer wrote to his parents: “None of my officers was cooler under fire than your boy, and none more ready to undertake cheerfully any duty, however disagreeable and irksome. He was liked and respected by all ranks, and was most popular with the men of his Company, his Captain, and his Adjutant. We all admired his pluck and good spirits”.
Lieutenant Bingen lies buried in the Hebuterne Military Cemetery in France. On each anniversary of his death, until 1947, his family placed a memorial notice in The Times, with an extract from a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson: “Took his fill of music, joy of thought and seeing, came and stayed and went, nor ever ceased to smile”
Charles, from Hampstead, was 20 years old.