Stanstead Abbotts

Local History Society

Sydney (Sidney) BINKS

Lance Corporal 44066

10th Battalion Essex Regiment

Killed in Action 29th September 1918 aged 19

Born in Walthamstow in 1899 to parents Frederick and Emily, he lived with them and his three brothers and two sisters.  By 1901 they were living in Folly Lane, Walthamstow and his father was employed as a horse clipper.  By 1911 his mother had been widowed and he was living with her and his sister Elsie at Goose Green, Hoddesdon, at the time of his death however he was resident in Stanstead Abbotts.

Sydney joined the army when war broke out, enlisting at Warley, Essex.After training his unit was sent to France on 26th July 1915 to Flescelles via Boulogne.  In 1916 they fought in the Somme campaign, taking part in the battles for Albert, Trones Wood and Theipval Ridge.  The following year his battalion was in action at the battle for Ancre and Scarpe, before being transferred to the Flanders sector where they were in action again at Pilkem Ridge, Langemarck and Passchendaele all part of the 3rd Battle of Ypres.  By 1918 his unit were again in action at Amiens, Bapaume and St Quentin, he was killed in the first day of the battle for the St Quentin Canal.

He is buried in St Sever Cemetery at Rouen.

Medals Awarded: British War Medal, Victory Medal