John Simpson Bower-Binns



Jan 8, 1891

Born at Sunbury, Middlesex, England


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59068 (temporary number 841)

Ø      Next of kin given as John Bower-Binns (father) of Gaten Hill, Southbourne, Hampshire, England

o       Later changed to 10 Castlenau Gardens, Barnes, London SW

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked at Folkstone for France


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


May 1, 1916

Granted leave until May 10, 1916


May 3, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Cpl


May 10, 1916

At duty from leave


Aug 21, 1916

SOS (Struck Off Strength) on transfer to the Canadian Training Division pending being Commissioned.


Aug 22, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 39th Battalion at West Sandling Camp then proceeded to OTC (Officer Training Corps), Crowborough, pending appointment to a Commission


Jan 4, 1917

TOS 6th Reserve Battalion at Shorncliffe


Feb 3, 1917

TOS 6th Reserve Battalion as a Temporary Lieutenant, having reported from the Officer Training School at Crowborough


Mar 9, 1917

Qualified as Brigade Instructor having completed the 28th course at the Eastern Command Bombing School at Godstone


Jun 9, 1917

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and shown On Command to the School of Military Aeronautics at Reading, and seconded to duty with RAF


Aug 8, 1917

Granted Temporary Commission as 2nd Lieut (A&S) and to be Honorary Lieut Royal Air Force 

Admitted to No 4 General Hospital at Lincoln with a fractured right Fibula, shock and contusions from an aircraft accident at Waddington.  The aircraft nose dived into the ground


Nov 2, 1917

Transferred to Officer’s Treatment Centre at Sidmouth


Nov 25, 1917

Transferred to Eaton Hall, Chester


Dec 8, 1917

Returned to Officer’s Treatment Centre at Sidmouth


Jan 29, 1918

Medical Board at Exeter declared him healed and granted him 3 weeks leave


Jan 30, 1918

Discharged from hospital and proceeded on 3 weeks leave


Nov 6, 1918

Reported from Air Ministry London “Accidentally killed in Aeroplane Accident at Chingford, Essex”.

Chingford Mount Cemetery
Chingford, Essex, England

May 19, 1920

Memorial Cross sent to his mother, Mrs Julia Bower-Binns, at 10 Castlenau Gardens, Barnes, London England


Aug 25, 1921

1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal and Death Plaque and Scroll sent to his father, John Bower-Binns at 10 Castlenau Gardens, Barnes, London England



During the Remembrance Day ceremonies in 2008, Veteran's Affairs Canada conducted a vigil each night for the week leading up to November 11.  This vigil consisted of projecting the names of every Canadian soldier who is listed with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on various buildings and monuments across Canada, and in London England.  The photo below shows Lt JS Bower-Binn's name being projected on the outside wall of Canada House in London England.



For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of John Bower-Binns being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.

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