Clarence William Bingham



Dec 4, 1884

Born in Englishtown, Nova Scotia to William and Sarah (nee Geizer) Bingham


Dec 5, 1917

Medical examination conducted under the MSA (Military Service Act of 1917) in Prince Rupert, British Columbia.  He was found fit for service


Feb 18, 1918

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion, British Columbia Regiment in Vancouver, British Columbia 

Ø      Number 2021681

Ø      Next of kin given as William Joseph Bingham, brother, 231 Princess St., St. John, New Brunswick

Ø      Previous occupation given as Telegraphist

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


May 15, 1918

Embarked the HMT Ajana in Halifax, Nova Scotia as part of the 1st Depot Battalion’s 11th Draft

May 27, 1918

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the draft proceeded to the Seaford Camp, and after spending 2 weeks in the Segregation Camp due to the fear of spreading the Influenza outbreak, they were absorbed into the 1st Reserve Battalion for additional training


Sep 13, 1918

Transferred to the 29th Battalion


Sep 14, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Havre, France as part of a draft of 609 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 29th Battalion


Sep 16, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St Vaast


Sep 19, 1918

While at the CCRC, Private Bingham was transferred to the 21st Battalion


Sep 20, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in Brigade Support in the Buissy Switch Line, between Cambrai and Arras, and was posted to the Signals Section


Apr 1, 1919

After serving with the battalion in France, Belgium and Germany, he was transferred to the 26th Battalion for regrouping to ease transportation to Canada and embarked for England 

On arrival in England Private Bingham was TOS “J” Wing for processing prior to returning to Canada


May 10, 1919

Embarked the SS Olympic in Southampton

May 16, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to St. John, New Brunswick


May 17, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in St. John 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 266735

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 231 Princess St., St. John, New Brunswick 

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 231 Princess St., St. John, New Brunswick 

He moved to Usk, British Columbia in 1921 where he found work as a Telegraph Operator.  This was followed by a move to Telegraph Creek in northern British Columbia in 1928 and worked as an agent – operator


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