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  • Photo was originally published in the Worksop Guardian.
Courtesy of Robert Illett
Person Details
Worksop, Notts
John Bingley and Annie Vaughan had married in 1891 and shortly after settled in Worksop at 51 Bridge Street where John set up as a shopkeeper as a jeweller and watch dealer business. The couple had their first child, John Earl Bingley in 1898 and were blessed with a daughter, Vera in 1907. By 1911 the family were resident at 50 Victoria Road, Worksop and John Earl was working as a 13 year old errand boy.
01 Jul 1916
190950 - CWGC Website
9th Bn King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Private E Bingley Worksop Guardian 21 July 1916 Rumours were rife yesterday in Worksop that Private E Bingley, KOYLI, had been killed in action in the recent attacks. Pte Bingley is the son of Mr J Bingley, watchmaker, recently of Potter Street, and before enlistment was telegraph messenger at the Post Office. No official notification has been received, and it is to be hoped that the news may prove untrue. The rumour had originated owing to the return of a photograph, to the original, by a friend in the same Company saying that he had, “found it lying by the side of Pte Bingley.” Whether this is intended to convey that he was wounded or killed is not known. Meanwhile, the distressed father waits further news. Pte E Bingley Worksop Guardian 28 July 1916 With regard to the rumour which we mentioned last week with regard to the supposed death of Pte Earl Bingley of the 9th K.O.Y.L.I., son of Mr J Bingley, Bridge street Worksop, no more definite information was to hand last night, though his father has communicated with the War office. It seems every probability that it is true as nothing has been heard of the lad since the great push, whereas he wrote to a lady friend several times a week before. The latter has had her photograph returned by a comrade, who states, he found it lying by “Earl’s body,” but in a later letter he says he is in doubt as to the identity of the body against which he found the photograph, and there was no pay book or number which made identification certain. Another comrade, writing from hospital says, that he and Pte Bingley went to France together and he went with him every time into the trenches. On July 1st he says, four signallers had to go over the parapet with the Captain and he and Bingley were chosen. The captain and the other two men were killed before they had gone very far, and he (the writer) was hit. He looked for Earl but he could not see him. Sympathy is felt for the father, as the doubt is worse than the realisation.
Commemrated on the Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers, France. Research by Colin Dannatt
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  • Photo was originally published in the Worksop Guardian.
Courtesy of Robert Illett
    John Earl Bingley - Photo was originally published in the Worksop Guardian. Courtesy of Robert Illett
  • Buried in Gordon Dump Cemetery.
    John Earl Bingley - Buried in Gordon Dump Cemetery.