Bingham, Robert Howard (No. 53919)

Bingham, Robert Howard (Robert)

Private

No. 53919, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Regiment, transferred No. 9168, Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Died of disease on Thursday 9 October 1919 (aged 22)

Buried:

Belfast City Cemetery (Grave J1. 6)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour (Page 40)

BIOGRAPHY

Private Robert Howard Bingham meets the criteria for inclusion on this website because, although he was born, brought up and buried in Belfast, he died in Bangor.

Currently the CWGC debt of honour website has 4 October 1919 for his date of death and 20 as his age at death.  Private Bingham died on 9 October 1919 (Army records and civil death registration records), aged 22 (from Army, civil birth, and civil death registration records).

Robert Howard Bingham was born on 21 May 1897 at 41 Outram Street, Belfast and he was a son of Samuel and Rebecca Bingham (nee Clarke) who were married on 9 March 1889 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Church, Belfast.  Samuel Bingham (aged 19), a shipyard labourer from 55 Bann Street, Belfast was a son of James Bingham, a tenter.  Rebecca Clarke (aged 20) from 49 Lindsay Street, Belfast was a daughter of Alexander Clarke, a labourer.

Samuel and Rebecca Bingham (nee Clarke) had six children:

Elizabeth (born 26 October 1890; died of debility at 60 Foyle Street, Belfast 23 November 1890)

Jane (born 6 November 1892 at 11 Erin Street, Belfast; died of debility 20 January 1893 at 11 Erin Street, Belfast)

Samuel Alexander (born 29 June 1895 at 42 Lindsay Street, Belfast)

Robert Howard (born 21 May 1897 at 41 Outram Street, Belfast)

Dinah Lightbody (born 9 December 1898 at 9 Euston Street, Belfast)

Gertrude May (born 9 May 1900 at 34 Apsley Street, Belfast)

Their mother, Rebecca Bingham (nee Clarke), died of pneumonia at 37 Lake Street, Belfast on 11 March 1905 (aged 33).

Robert Howard Bingham enlisted in Dublin on 5 January 1914 for six years and his age at enlistment was recorded as 17 years 8 months (he was in fact 16 years 8 months old).  He served with the 4th and 9th Battalions, Royal Dublin Fusiliers and then the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Regiment.  He served overseas on the Belgian Front and in March 1917 he was diagnosed to have tuberculosis.  He had suffered from pneumonia whilst in the trenches at Kemmel in Belgium and was treated at a Casualty Clearing Station for three weeks, then in hospital at Boulogne for three weeks.  He was transferred to Horton (County of London) War Hospital, Epsom for twelve weeks, then the Military Hospital Grimsby from 31 December 1917 until 22 January 1918 where he was treated for bronchopneumonia.

On 12 July 1918 he was posted for duty at Bere Island, Co Cork, and on 14 November 1918 he was discharged from the 1st Garrison Battalion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Regiment because of sickness.  He got his Silver War Badge (B/146260) on 22 March 1919, and it was noted that he was entitled to receive the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

Private Robert Howard Bingham died of tuberculosis and typhoid fever on 9 October 1919 at his sister’s residence, 1 Albert Street, Bangor.