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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.  Photograph courtesy of Murray Biddle
Person Details
Calverton Nottinghamshire
Bertie was the son of Henry Livingstone Binch and his wife Mary Ann (née Melanathy). Bertie's father was born in Calverton on 2 December 1873 (O/N/D Basford), name registered as Henry Livingstone Rose, and was baptised at the parish church of St Wilfrid on 24 February 1875. Henry was the son of Sarah Rose, the daughter of Edward and Mary Rose. Sarah was born in Calverton on 25 June 1856 and baptised at the parish church of St Wilfrid on 12 April 1857. In 1871 and 1881 the Rose family was living in Stripes Yard, Calverton, and they were still living in the village in 1891 although Henry (17) was living on Main Street, Basford, and working as a farm servant for farmer Christopher Wyld (28 b. Calverton). Sarah Rose married David Binch at St Wilfrid's on 16 May 1875. David Binch was from a Calverton family and in 1881 he and Sarah were also living in Stripes Yard. They were to have 16 chlldren between 1875 and 1901, all of whom survived childhood: Henry Livingstone (later Binch), Albert B Rose (later Binch), Arthur, James, Phoebe, Samuel, David, Ellen, Bozy (sic), Nelson, Herbert, Bertha, Alvy May, John, Ernest and Leonard. Bertie's mother Mary Ann was born in Sutton in Ashfield on 6 April 1876, the daughter of Thomas and Frances (Fanny) Melanathy. The family was living in Sutton in Ashfield in 1881 but had moved to Calverton by 1891 where Thomas continued to work as a framework knitter. Henry Livingstone [Rose-Binch] married Mary Ann at St Wilfrid's on 30 October 1893 (O/N/D Basford) and by 1911 had had eight children of whom only five had survived infancy. Six of the eight children have been traced: Rose Hannah (also Rosanna Rose) b. Calverton birth registered 1894 (J/F/M Basford) bap. Woodborough St Swithin 5 May 1895, Bertie b. Calverton birth registered 1895 (J/F/M Basford) bap. St Swithun 5 May 1895, Harry birth registered 1896 (J/F/M Basford) d. 1896 (O/N/D Basford), Daisy b. Mapperley Nottingham 5 March 1900 (A/M/J Notingham), Thomas Henry b. Selston 13 September 1904 (O/N/D Nottingham) and David b. Selston abt 1906/1907. Henry and Mary Ann had at least four more children: Violet birth registered 1912 (J/F/M Basford), Albert b. 31 July 1914 (J/A/S Mansfield), William b. 1916 (O/N/D Mansfield) and Willis b. 27 September 1920 (O/N/D Mansfield). Henry and Mary Ann were living in Woodborough when Henry and Rose were baptised in 1895 but by 1901 had moved to Handstubbin Hill, Selston. Henry was a coal loader (underground). He and his wife had three children, Rose (7), Bertie (6) and Daisy (1), although two sons, Thomas Henry and David, were later born in Selston. The family was living at 5 Sherwood Street, East Kirkby, in 1911; Henry was now employed as a coal miner hewer while Bertie (16) was a pony driver/coal miner. All five surviving children were in the home on the night of the census together with Mary Ann's brother, Thomas [Tom George] Melanathy (23 b. Sutton in Ashfield) a coal miner hewer, who was listed as a boarder. Bertie married Louisa Carlisle in 1915 (A/M/J Mansfield). There is a record of the birth of a Louisa Carlisle in 1895 (J/A/S Mansfield), baptised South Normanton on 3 November 1895, mother Fanny Carlisle a 'single woman'. In 1911 Fanny Carlisle (46) a widow working as a charwoman, and her seven children, including Louisa (15), were living on Priestic Road, Sutton in Ashfield. Bertie and Louisa had one child, Frances b. 16 October 1915 (O/N/D Mansfield). Louisa may have died in 1921 (A/M/J Mansfield) aged 25. Their daughter probably married Francis Miles in 1934 (A/M/J Mansfield) and in 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled they were living in Sutton in Ashfield; Francis (b. 5 October 1914) was a coal hewer. Frances married secondly Lionel Percival in 1961 (O/N/D Mansfield) and died in 1990 (Aug. Mansfield). In 1939 Bertie's parents were living at 45 Sherwood Street, Huthwaite, Sutton in Ashfield. Henry was recorded as blind. Also in the home was their youngest son, Willis, a haulage lad below ground. Other records for the address remain closed. Henry Livingstone died in 1954 (J/F/M Mansfield) aged 80 and Mary Ann in 1958 (J/F/M Mansfield) aged 82. Of Bertie's surviving siblings: Rose Hannah married Charles Vale in 1912 (O/N/D Basford); Charles died in January 1914 and she married secondly Albert Humphries at Aston Brook St Mary, Birmingham, on 25 December 1919. In 1939 they were living in Birmingham; Albert was a fruit hawker. Rose died in 1964 (O/N/D Birmingham). Daisy married George Turner in 1920 (O/N/D Mansfield) and in 1939 they were living in Sutton in Ashfield. George (b. 20 September 1898) was a millwright's record clerk. Also in the household were Daisy Turner (b. 5 March 1900), Ruby W (surname and DOB illegible) an embroidery hand, Patricia J Turner (b. 17 March 1926) and (female) Turner who was school age; 1 record remains closed. Daisy died in 1995 (Sep. Mansfield). Thomas Henry married Doreen Goodall in 1930 (O/N/D Mansfield). In 1939 they were living in Sutton in Ashfield; Thomas was a colliery haulage hand (underground). Also in the household was Doreen Binch, Rose Binch (b. 16 November 1930) and George Binch (b. 17 January 1939. Records of four other members of the household remain closed but one may refer to their son Ivan H. [Herbert] (b. 1932 reg. O/N/D). Thomas died in 1981 (O/N/D Mansfield). David married Lucy Fowler (b. 9 March 1910) in 1927 (J/F/M Mansfield). In 1939 they were living in Sutton in Ahsfield; David ws a coal hewer. Also in the household was Jean Binch (b. 8 June 1934) and Maisie Binch (b. 5 April 1935; 1 record remains closed. David died in 1974 (O/N/D Mansfield). Violet probably married Dennis S Bilbie in 1944 (J/A/S Basford) Albert married Louie Gwynn (b. 2 November 1911) in 1934 (J/A/S Mansfield). In 1939 they were living in Sutton in Ashfield; Albert was a coal hewer, Also in the home were Betty Binch (b. 14 December 1934) and John A Binch (b. 27 July 1939). Albert died in 1979 (A/M/J Mansfield). William (b. 1916) has not yet been traced after 1911. Willis was living with his parents in Sutton in Ashfield in 1939; he was working in the coal mining industry. He married Gladys I Holmes in 1942 (O/N/D Mansfield) and died in 2004 (J/F/M Mansfield).
In 1911 he was a pit pony driver/coalminer (below ground).
27 Mar 1918
288198 - CWGC Website
Enlisted Sutton in Ashfield
15th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
There is an army service record, Short Service Attestation (Three years with the Colours) for a Bertie Binch aged 19 years 215 days b. Woodborough [bap. Woodborough 1895], occupation coal miner, who attested on 31 August 1914. He was posted to the 7th Bn Leicestershire Regiment (12440) and joined at the Leicester Depot the same day. He was posted to Aldershot on 5 September 1914 but discharged in October 1914 as 'medically unfit KR 392 iii C'. The medical discharge document was dated (and effective) 16 October 1914 although the service record has his home service dates as 31 August to 9 October 1914. No other military records have yet been traced to show when he re-enlisted but as he did not qualify for the 1914/15 Star he would not have served in theatre until 1916 at the earliest. Bertie was killed on 27 March 1918 and buried in Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France (grave ref. III.P.2). He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
The Mansfield Reporter, 26 August 1921, has a report of the unveiling of the Sutton war memorial. Included in the list of names of those commemorated on the memorial is 'B Binch'. Two of Bertie's uncles also died in the war: David Binch served in the 17th Bn Sherwood Foresters (28198 Private) and was killed on 23 July 1916 (St Vass Post Military Cemetery), and Ernest Binch of the Sherwood Foresters and later the Machine Gun Corps (154674 Private) killed 21 July 1918 (Meteren British Cemetery). (See records on this ROH)
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.  Photograph courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Bertie Binch - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Photograph courtesy of Murray Biddle