Photos courtesy Sheila Brentnall
Born at Crich, James was raised by his grandparents at Crich and Leicester. He married Annie Cowlishaw (née Cowlishaw) in 1903 and they lived at Fritchley and Darley Dale, with four children. He initially served with the rank of Driver with the Royal Engineers. The WR prefix on his number denotes 'Waterways & Railways'. He later served with the rank of Private with the 699th Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps. The photograph shows James with the cap badge of the Army Service Corps, and 'ASC' is just about visible on his right shoulder. This can presumably be explained due to the fact that twenty-eight of the ASC Labour Companies were absorbed into the newly-created Labour Corps between February and June 1917. Whilst serving with the 699th Agricultural Company, Labour Corps, he died of his wounds on 14 November 1918 at a military hospital at Canterbury, Kent. He is buried in the churchyard of St Mary’s, Crich,where a memorial headstone marks his grave, and he is listed on the war memorial outside the church.
Derbyshire Courier, 29 December 1917
A feature of the holiday has been the unusually large number of local soldiers who have been fortunate in securing Christmas leave. The list includes Sgt C. Mason, from Ecclesall (Staffs), convalescent home; Private J W Heathcote, A S C (Mechanical Transport), from France; and driver William Coleman, France – the two latter were over together just a year ago – and Sapper Hy V. Smith in the Signalling Service, R.E., who came from France on Monday, after eight months across the Channel. Driver Jas H Dawes, Driver James Bingham, Lance Corporal W Hallam, Cpl Jas Holmes, and Bugler William Hartshorne have also been over on leave. The latter, who is staying with Mr A Buckley, of Park Head, is attached to the Canadian Forces. Along with his parents he emigrated from Park Head, Crich, to the Dominion before the war, and like his brother, Tom, he enlisted in the Canadians during the earlier stages of the war.
|Secondary Regiment||Labour Corps (transferred to Pte 526873)|
|Date of Death||14/11/18|
|Casualty type||Commonwealth War Dead|
|Grave/Memorial Reference||By North wall of North-East part|
|Cemetery||CRICH (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD|
Soldiers' Effects Book
Bingham James; 699 Ag. Co. Labour Corps; Private 536873; death No 1 Military Hospital Canterbury on 14.11.19 ; War Gratuity £5; widow Annie & children received £10 5s 4d on 16.5.19
1891: Edgemoor, Crich
|Clara||Bingham||wife||57||North Molton, Notts|
RG12 piece 2746 folio 76 page 3
RG13 piece 3231 folio 32 page 9
1911: Darley Dale
|James Hunt||Bingham||Head||27||Farm labourer||Crich|
RG14PN21203 RG78PN1262 RD439 SD2 ED5 SN130
1918 Voters List
James Bingham, Dimple, absent on military service.