Arthur Binns

lincolnshire regimental badgePrivate 21506, 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, died of wounds, 9th May 1918, aged 28

Born at Eastoft in 1890, Arthur was the second son of the seven children of Henry Charles and Gertrude Binns. Both of his parents were also born at Eastoft and the family lived in Wash Hole Lane, next door to Robert Dealtry where his father worked as a farm labourer. His father died in 1900 and in 1901 his mother, who was unable to write, was raising all seven children by herself.

In 1911 Arthur was also a farm worker, working as a waggoner for Arthur Knapton at Haldenby Park, Luddington.

With his mother being unable to read or write, Arthur gave his address as c/o Albert Broadbent, Luddington, when he attested for the Lincolnshire Regiment at Goole in December 1915. Placed on army reserve he was mobilised on 18th February 1916 and joined the regiment at Lincoln the following day.

Following his period of training at home with the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, Arthur was posted out to France as a reinforcement for the 1st Lincoln’s on 28th June 1916.

In March and April 1918 when the German Army staged their Spring Offensives, Operation Michael against the Somme and Operation Georgette against the River Lys, the 1st Lincoln’s were one of the units heavily engaged in facing them. On 21st March, the 1st Lincoln’s were directly in the front line in trenches near Vaucellette Farm when the German attack was launched and they suffered severe casualties around Gurlu Wood.

Facing Operation Georgette their casualties at the Battle of Messines were particularly heavy and by 17th April the 1st Lincoln’s were down to a strength of only 5 officers and 103 other ranks. They received a draft of reinforcements shortly afterwards and were in reserve during the following Second Battle of Kemmel but still suffered a number of casualties from artillery fire.

In one of these actions of the German Spring Offensive Arthur was seriously wounded. Evacuated to No 13 Stationary Hospital in Boulogne, Arthur Binns died there of his wounds on 9th May 1918.

He is buried in Bolougne Eastern Cemetery.