Charles Frederick BINNS
Rank: Private
Number: 1439
Unit: A Company, 1/6th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 5 June 1915
Age: 22
Cemetery: Helles Memorial, Turkey

Charlie was born in the Blackley area of Manchester but the family had lived in Heaton Moor since he was a boy. His father, William, was a manager in one of Manchester's cotton warehouses. In 1901, he, his wife Sarah, eldest child Marian and Charlie were living at 15 Hooley Range, later moving to 7 Clifton Road. William's job provided the family with a secure middle class lifestyle. They could afford to employ a live-in servant, 20 year old May Brailsford and, in due course, it would allow Charlie to attend Manchester Grammar School.

He was a good general sportsman who enjoyed running for Old Mancunian Harriers. He also enjoyed playing tennis and was a member of the local West Heaton Bowling and Tennis Cluib. Charlie was also a keen motorcyclist. After leaving school, he went to work for the Union Bank and, after his death, on of his colleagues wrote "I cannot say how much we in this office shall miss Charlie's cheerful presence and we shall feel a sincere and deep sense of loss, for all really loved his bright, open and cheery character."

Also in his spare time, Charlie had joined the Territorial Force in about 1910 and will have regularly drilled as one the "Satruday Afterrnoon Soldiers". When War was declared in August 1914, he was mobilised and within a few short weeks went to Egypt. Click here for some details of his time there.

At the beginning of May 1915, the Battalion landed at Gallipoli ready to go into action. An account of the fighting which cost Charlie his life is here.

Charlie is commemorated in the School and Bank's entries in the Manchester City Battalions Book of Honour.

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