Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1917, Private Harry Eastwood Bingham, 1st/4th Battalion, the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, died from wounds received the previous day during the fighting near Ypres.
One of five children of a corm miller, after school he was employed as a book-keeper at Messrs. John Hawkins & Sons, a cotton spinner and manufacturer. He was also a promising footballer and played for Fleetwood Town football team during the last pre-war season.
On the 15th of September in 1914, Private Bingham enlisted, and on the 4th of May in 1915 he left Folkestone on board S.S. Onward, bound for Boulogne. During the fighting on the 7th of April in 1917 he was shot in the head and chest and taken to 17 Casualty Clearning Station, but his wounds were too grievous and he died the following day.
One of his superior officers wrote to his parents: “He was a splendid type of soldier. He had been an officer’s servant for a long time, and we all thought a great deal of him. He was always absolutely trustworthy and perfectly fearless. We are always deeply affected when one of the ‘old original’, as we affectionately call them, is killed”.
Private Bingham lies buried in the Lljssenthoek Military Cemetery, at West Vlaanderen in Belgium. On his headstone are the words, “He bore his cross and gained his crown. Loved by all”.
Harry, from Preston in Lancashire, was 20 years old.