First World War Poetry Digital Archive

Timeline of William Binning's Life


Born: 24 September 1896, Cowdenbeath, Fife

Educated: Foulford Primary School, Cowdenbeath 1901 -1908 Dunfermline High School, Dunfermline 1908 – 1910 Beath High School, Cowdenbeath 1910 – 1914 Edinburgh University October 1914 – December 1914

Applied to join the army December 1914

Began officer training in January 1915 in Stirling

Joined the 11th Battalion of The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) in the Bristol area for further training February 1915

Crossed to France 3/4th October 1915 from Folkestone

Joined the 9th Battalion and served on the Ypres Salient October to December 1915

Joined the Machine Gun Corps January 1916

After training served in the 28 Machine Gun Company (9th Division) in the area north –east of Armentieres – Le Bizet/Grand Rabeque/Le Touquet

Wounded in the abdomen at Le Touquet Railway Station (the British Front Line)

23 April 1916

Evacuated to Casualty Clearing Station No2 in Bailleul for operation

Died: 24 April 1916, 3.05pm, aged 19 years old. He is buried in Bailleul British Military Cemetery 25 April 1916

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