Wetherby War Memorial - The Great War 1914 - 1918

Private Thomas Binge

Gunter, R B N
Durrant, C M
Weston, C G
Kelly, K G
Armitage, G J
Durrant, H M L
Hargreaves, J P
March, G
Dukes, W
Fowler, R
Westerman, H
Kirk, J C
Wiggins, T A
Telford, G
Harper, J W
Alexander, H W
Mason, T F
Wilkinson, W
Brown, C
Adkin, J
Barton, F
Hobman, A
Webster, A E
March, E A
Miller, G
Hannan, E
Utley, G
Walker, F
Bygrave, E W
Chapman, E
Varley, N W
Bowen, F J
Byrom, F
Backhouse, S
Dalby, M
Crossland, A
Crossley, J S
Dean, R
Frost, A E
Hodgson, F H
Holt, J
Hood, W H
Hill, W
Kitchen, T
Linfoot, E
Metcalfe, J C
Marsden, J
Pawson, W
Precious, G
Scutt, T G
Wiggins, J
Walker, E
Wood, A
Young, T
Pratt, W
Taylor, H
Dawson, G W
Lister, J
Binge, T
Atack, G
Durham, E F
Precious, G R
Wheelhouse Smith, W
Backhouse, H
Swann, J W
Burnsides, G A
Coles, W
Kelly, H W
Miles, J G
Tapsell, K

8th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment
Died 27th September 1917, age 35 

Cemetery : Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Grave Reference or Panel Number : Panel 47 to 48 and 163 A

Son of George and Sarah Binge, of Moss Carr Cottage, Bickerton, near Wetherby; brother of Mrs. Boakes, of 8, Rushworth Street, Newtown, Pudsey, Leeds.

Thomas was born at Pocklington in 1883 to parents George, an Agricultural Labourer, and Sarah Binge.

Thomas enlisted in York on the 19th December, 1916, whilst residing with his mother at 8, Horsefair, Wetherby. 

For a description of the memorial please refer to previous text.

The 8th (Service) Battalion of the East Yorkshire Regiment were part of the 8th Brigade, 3rd Division, which consisted of 2nd Battalion the Royal Scots, 1st Battalion, the Royal Scots Fusiliers, and the 7th (Service) Battalion of the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry as well as the brigades Trench Mortar and Machine Gun Companies.  After the successful Battle of the Menin Road Ridge, arrangements were made for the renewal of the advance by the Second and Fifth Armies on 26th September.  This advance was known as the Battle of Polygon Wood and lasted from 26th September until 3rd October 1917.

For an account of the events on the 27th September, the author will quote ‘The East Yorkshire Regiment in the Great War’ by Everard Wyrall' :

"For three days - days of purgatory- the 8th Battalion held the line captured on the 26th .The whole area taken from the enemy was plastered by his guns in a furious (but vain) effort to turn the attackers out of their positions. On the morning of the 27th he placed a heavy barrage behind the front line of the 3rd Division, and his troops were observed massing for an attack. The "S.O.S." call, however, was so promptly and effectively replied to by the Divisional artillery that the threatened attack was broken up, the Germans being unable to leave their lines."

It is probable that Thomas lost his life due to the heavy enemy barrage.

SDGW lists the battalion as 11 O/Rs killed (one dying of wounds).