Austin Henry (Paddy) Bingham
Western Mail 7 Sep 1917 page 19
|Date of Birth||12 May 1891|
|Place of Birth||Williams, Western Australia|
|Death||30 Aug 1916|
|Place of Death||Mouquet Farm, Poziérs, France|
|Age at Enlistment||24 years, 11 months|
5' 9 ¾" (1.77m) tall ; 206 lbs|
93.44 kg; ruddy complexion ; brown eyes ; black hair
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||NOK Prospect road, Armadale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr William Henry Bingham|
|Date of Enlistment||17 Feb 1916|
|Unit/Formation||16th Battalion, 17th Reinforement / 4th Brigade 4th Division|
|Date of Embarkation||17 Apr 1916 ‒ 14 May 1916|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A60 Aeneas|
|Fate||Killed in Action 30 Aug 1916 at Mouquet Farm, Poziérs|
Armadale War Memorial (Armadale panel) |
Armadale Congregational Church Honour Board
Armadale and Districts Roll of Honour
Australian War Memorial
British War Medal |
Enlisted with his brother 5338 Arthur Edward Bingham and like him he was initially sent to the No, 2 Area for training. Four weeks later he was allocated to the 11th reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion, and then on 1 Apr 1916 he was transferred to the 17th draft for the 16th Battalion. While at Blackboy Hill camp he was treated in their Clearing Hospital for German Measles from 3 - 10 Apr 1916.
Travelling to the UK via Egypt, he was admitted to the ship's hospital from 1 May 1916, and on arrival in Suez on 14 May 1916, he was admitted to the Government Hospital with German Measles. He was discharged to duty at Tel-el-Kebir on 19 May 1916.
Seemingly recovered, he departed Alexandria on 7 Jun 1916 aboard the HMT Ionian, arriving in Marseilles on the 14 Jun 1916. On arrival, Austin was sent to the 4th Division's Base Depot at Étaples. While there he again required a brief period in hospital, still affected by the measles (5-7 Aug 1916). After a further two weeks in the base depot he proceeded to join his unit. In trying to stay with his brother he seems to have compromised his health.
Austin was taken on strength by the 16th Battalion at Vadencourt on 25 August 1916. Vadencourt is a small village north of the Somme mid way between Amiens and Albert. The Battalion was at the time moving into the front lines to replace the 14th Battalion, preparatory to attacking Mouquet Farm.
Austin's death was reported in The Sun (Kalgoorlie) on 8 Oct 1916, but it had occurred, along with 30 KIA, 150 WIA and 51 others missing in action on 30 Aug 1916 as the 16th Battalion was being relieved by the 47th Battalion at Mouquet Farm. A significant proportion of the deaths and injuries were caused by their own heavy artillery.
Austin's body was not recovered, so he was one of the 51 MIA and hence he is commemorated on the 16h Battalions panel at the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.
227th Casualty List... KILLED IN ACTION....A. H. Bingham (Armadale), previously reported ill.
"Enlisted 15th February, sailed on 17th April as part of the same unit as his brother, and was killed in action in France on the 29th August, 1915."
[Note: Army records show the 30th to be correct date. However, the family continue to commemorate the 29th with annual notices in the West Australian until his brother Bill died in 1933.]
- "WESTERN AUSTRALIA.". The West Australian. XXXII, (4,526). Western Australia. 3 October 1916. p. 7. Retrieved 25 May 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
- "The Drill of the Foot-Hills" (PDF) (1917). Western Australia. Mar 1917. p. 6. Retrieved 16 May 2017 – via State Library of Western Australia.