Bingley Cemetery

by Shaun Taylor April. 02, 2020 529 views

Bingley has a large collection of Commonwealth War Graves of any of the graveyards in the area. They have also been made of a different stone to the type you usually see

Herbert Whitham served with the Royal Air Force as a Private. He was 29 and served with the 45th Training Depot Station, his death came 3 days after peace had been declared. His funeral was covered by the local paper

The Keighley News November 23rd 1918
The funeral took place at the Bingley Cemetery yesterday afternoon, the deceased being a Private Herbert Whitham (29) Royal Air Force, who died in the Canadian Military Hospital at Shorncliffe, Kent onNovember 14 from pneumonia following influenza
The deceased was a son of the late MR James Whitham of Ashfield Terrace Bingley, and had been serving wight he armed forces about two and a half years. The officiating minister was the Rev R T Williams (Weslyian circuit minister). The coffin wrapped in the Union Jack was carried on a gun carriage from the Bradford Moor Barracks, and there was also a bearer party

Gunner Herbert Davies was 24 when he died on the 2nd October 1916. He was the son of John and Annie Davies, of 8, Industrial St., Bingley.

Keighley News 2nd September 1916
Gunner Herbert Davies (24) RFA of Industrial Street, Bingley, who was severely wounded on August 5th, is in hospital in Stockport, and though his injuries are severe his condition has improved during the last few days, and his parents now have better hopes of his recovery. her listed about about 9 months ago, and before that he was a warp dresser, and has been prominently associated with the Baptist Church and sunday school Bingley. his injuries are to the head and left arm. A comrade in the regiment in a letter to Mr and Mrs davies, pays a fine tribute to the injured soldier he says "Bert and I joined the battery together, and have been constant pals every since. Some peculiar incidents occurred during our comradeship, the last being that I received a slight wound on the 4th and Bert received his on the 5th. Bert was a pal to be proud of , a man of fearless opinions, not afraid of dangers, and never lacking in duty called. He is the sort of son to be proud of. While here he led a clean,upright and straight forward life. The men of his section all miss him, especially myself, for his ready wit and humour helped to while away pleasantly away what would otherwise been monotonous hours. We shared together the sorrows and joys of life out here and but for him the life would have been much harder to bear". the writer added the best wishes of the men of the section for the recovery of Gunner Davies, and their sympathies with his parents

Keighley News 7th October 1916
Gunner Herbert Davies (24) of Industrial Street, bingley, who was reported to be in hospital at Stockport severely wounded, a few weeks ago, dies on Monday last, before his parents, who had been notified could reach the hospital

Able Seaman Walter Johnson was 19 when he died on the 15th January 1918. He served on the SS Euros and was the son of Fred and Harriet Johnson, of "Sunnyside," Park Avenue, Bingley.

The death took place suddenly on board ship, on Tuesday, of Gun Layer Walter Johnson RN son of Mr Fred Johnson, builder of Johnston Street, Bingley. The deceased who was 19 years of age joined the Navy over twelve months ago, and was serving wight eh gun crew of a merchant ship. before joining the Navy his occupation was that of a Mason.
Walter served on the merchant ship SS Euro and died of illness

Charles Wainwright served with the Cameron Highlanders and was sadly murdered by his father on the 18th February 1920 and always seems to be the saddest of all the stories in the graveyard having survived being shot in the stomach he came home and was murdered by his own father.

Charles was the son of Harrison (stonemason & market gardener) and Henrietta. he had two brothers Frank D and Horace H. he also had one sister Adalaide H. Charles was born in Bingley and in 1901 was a stuff warehouseman. He enlist on the 1st December 1915 with the 3/1 Lovat Scouts in Glasgow. he was 5 feet 6 and a commercial traveller
Gunshot wound to the abdomen 3rd March 1917
King George Hospital, Stanford London 26th February 1918
Unfit for war service and discharged (Perth) 19th March 1918
Died 18th february 1920 murdered by his father

The Funeral of Mother and Son at Bingley cemetery 28th February 1920
Many signs were apparent of the deep feeling which has been aroused in the Bingley district, and particularly in the village of Eldwick, at the funeral on Saturday of the victims of the horrible tragedy enacted at Eldwick.
Henrietta Wainwright and her son Charles were laid to rest in one grave in the Bingley Cemetery, that was attended by many that lined the funerals route and overflowed the chapel of service

The Keighley News 21st February 1920/ Terrible tragedy at Eldwick, Old Mans ferocious Deed, Wife killed in Bedroom, son dies in hospital
In the early hours of Tuesday morning the little village of Eldwick, on the hills above Bingley was the scene of a very distressing tragedy of a sensational character. Harrison Wainwright a man 78 years of age is in custody in connection with the affair, and the suspicion is that he attacked his wife Henrietta Wainwright aged 75 years, killed her on the spot, and so severely injured his son Charles Augustas wainwright (40) that although the son was able to drag himself to the Eldwick Sanatorium to get assistance, he died the following day at Bingley Cottage Hospital. Although what happened at the Wainwrights home is not clear, there are certain circumstances that are in the dark, and must almost necessarily remain so now that both victims of the attack are dead. The family lived at Strawberry Cottage, a house with a large garden boarding on the Eldwick Road which runs through Shipley Glen to Saltaire. In the summer , as with so many other establishments in the neighbourhood, Strawberry Cottage is a rendezvous for visitors desiring tea and the produce of the rustic garden
The son Charles Wainwright a commercial traveller by occupation, dramatically gave the first intimation that anything unusual was afoot. this was about 2.30 am on tuesday morning. the matron in charge of the Eldwick Sanatorium, which was not far away from Strawberry Cottage was roused by a knock at the door. Opening it she found Charles Wainwright in a pitiful plight. he asked her to help him as he had been attacked by his father. she saw that he was bleeding from injuries on the head and face, and the unfortunate man added that he had been stabbed in the abdomen. She dis what she could for him and telephoned to the Bingley Police Station and to Dr W Craig of Bingley. Just before 4 as Police Sergeant Wood and a Constable were proceeding along Dubb Lane, Bingley, they met the father in the road, they stopped and questioned him, and in consequence of his statements wainwright was taken to the Police Station, and the Police officers then hurried to Eldwick, and together with Dr Craig entered Strawberry Cottage. Mrs Wainwright was lying on the bedroom floor, face downward, in a pool of blood, her throat had been cut and she had injuries on her head similar to those inflicted on the son
The weapons used in the attack were a butchers knife, and a small sized hatchet. It was surmised that the injuries to the heads of the wife and the son had been caused by blows from the blunt end of the hatchet. It is also conjecture that the son was attacked when in bed and that he managed to escape out of the house. It was feared from the first that the sons injuries would be fatal. An operation was performed at the sanatorium by Major Phillips of Bradford and Dr Craig and later on the patient was transfered to Bingley Cottage Hospital . he died there a few minutes after 5 o'clock on wednesday morning. there was no apparent motive for the crime. It is suggested that the assailant was seized with a sudden fit of frenzy. When the Police took Harrison wainwright into custody he appeared to be sober. It is summized that he was on his way to the Police Station when the patrolling police questioned him. The son served with the Scotch regiment in the war and was dangerously wounded in the early part of 1917, but recovered and left the Army in 1918. He was given an excellent character by those who knew him. he was a prominent worker in connection with St Lawrence Church, Eldwick. A memorial window in the church is dedicated to Chales. there is a rumour that Mrs Wainwright had contemplated leaving Eldwick with a view to living with a married daughter in london. the son had been away away on a visit to his sister in london in order to discuss the advisability of the mother going there to live, and he only returned to Eldwick on Monday. A brother, Mr Frank Darby Wainwright (West Riding Police Constable Ripon) identified the bodies and gave evidence at the inquest held at Eldwick Weslyian School Room. The father Harrison Wainwright was brought before the Bingley Bench on two charges of wilful murder and the prisoner was remanded until March 3rd 1920

His father died 27th May 1920 in Broadmoor Asylum buried in their cemetery

Charles Rowley served with the Duke of Wellingtons Regiment and died on the 13th October 1920

Charles was the son of Thomas and Martha Rowley, of Avenue House, Eldwick, Bingley and he enlisted at the age of 20 his address is also noted as Low Wood Cottages, Eldwick, Bingley. he was last employed by J&R Bruce, Fairfield Works, Eldwick, Bingley where eh was a wood turner from 1911 - 1914 and then later in May 1919
Enlisted 30th November 1914
Trench fever October 1917
Promoted Sergeant 3rd September 1918
Awarded Military medal (in the field) 11th december 1918
Leave to England 18th february 1919 - 3rd March 1919
Demobbed 2nd April 1919
Died at home with acute hepatitis 13th October 1919

Edwin Shepherd was 31 when he died on the 8th April 1918.

Edwin was described as being 29 years and two months old, five feet two and a half when he enlisted in Halifax 6th August 1917. edwin was employed as a miller at a national munitions factory before enlisting. He was the son of William and Hannah Shepherd, of 40, Otley Rd., Eldwick, Bingley; husband of Ada Smith (formerly Shepherd), of 48, Springcliffe, Manningham, Bradford.

5th December 1915 Army reserve
6th August 1917 enlisted Halifax
30th November 1917 absent without leave 2 days
14th december 1917 embarked Folkstone
14th December disembarked Boulogne
6th April 1918 admitted to hospital severe gun/shell shot to chest/ fracture of ribs/ seriously ill
8th April 1918 Died of wounds at 6.30am New End Military Hospital Hampstead
12th April 1918 body left St Pancreas Station London 4.45pm for Bingley
14th October 1918 widow awarded 29/4 per week for her and three children

Harry Waite was 23 when he died on the 25th August 1918. He was the son of Sarah Ann Waite, of 2, Binn's St., Bingley, and the late M. M. Waite.

Harry enlisted on the 22nd January 1916 at the age of 22 year and 7 months his place on enlistment is shown as Halifax. He embarked Southampton 16th June 1916 and was wounded in the field 15th August 1916, arriving back in England on the 21st August 1916 and died of wounds in Charring Cross Hospital 28th August 1916
Post Office telegraph to family
Regret report death 5636 Private Harry Waite 1/7 West Riding 7.20am 28th Charing x Hospital London wounds in action afflicted London

Keighley News 2nd September 1916
Private H Waite (23) of the Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding) Regiment, son of Mr and Mrs Maurice Waite, 1 Amy Street Bingley, died on Monday morning at Charing Cross Hospital from wounds received on August 15 in France. Before joining the army in January last the deceased followed the occupation of a warp dresser. he went out to France in June, and has been in CharingCross hospital for about a week when death occurred. The dead soldier was brought to Bingley for interment, the funeral taking place on Thursday afternoon at Bingley Cemetery. It was of a private character, by the wishes of the deceased parents. the officiating Clergyman was the Rev G H Newton (curate of Bingley Parish Church) The funeral was attended by a number of his former workmates, and by representatives of the Manchester Unity of Odd fellows, Bingley District. The coffin was covered with wreaths and floral tributes

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Ros Mercury 1 year, 4 months ago

Always remember these people who gave their lives for us,I too often have gone and just look at these graves in my city.  It's a way of saying 'THANKS'.

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Shaun Taylor Replied to Ros Mercury 1 year, 3 months ago

Just trying to ensure they can be remembered for ever

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 4 months ago

Great tribute to some heroes. They gave their lives for our freedom. Should not be forgotten

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Shaun Taylor Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 4 months ago

Peter they shouldn't but suspect eventually they will, although I have done some work with a local school which has resulted in the young people taking more interest

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Shaun Taylor 1 year, 4 months ago


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