100th anniversary of Halifax soldier’s death

Huddersfield Drill Hall Roll of Honour
Huddersfield Drill Hall Roll of Honour

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the death of former Duke of Wellington’s Regiment soldier Sam Binns, from Halifax.

Private Binns came from Luddenden but lived on Beach Road in Sowerby Bridge and was married to Millicent.

They had six children, Sam, Hubert, Elsie, Marion, Dolly and Edna.

Mr Binns enlisted in the 2nd 5th Battalion DWR, and later transferred to the 5th Battalion.

He was killed in action on July 21, 1918, at the Battle of Tardenois and is commemorated at the Soissons Memorial in France, and the Huddersfield Drill Hall Roll of Honour, Panel 2, Column 1 (pictured).

The 5th DWR took part in the 10 day Battle of Tardenois as part of the French 10th Army during the 2nd Battle of the Marne, the turning point of the First World War.