Studio portrait of 3581 Private (Pte) George Edward Bingley, 4th Battalion. A motor body-builder ...

Units
Accession Number P10904.003
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made c 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Studio portrait of 3581 Private (Pte) George Edward Bingley, 4th Battalion. A motor body-builder from Darlington, New South Wales, he enlisted in August 1915. His brother Frederick had already joined, and his other brother Claud would enlist subsequently. Pte Bingley was transferred to the 53rd Battalion in February 1916, and then to the 14th Machine Gun Company in May 1916. His brother Claud was killed in May 1917. George sustained shrapnel wounds to right elbow and knee in April 1918, and was hospitalised in England. He was discharged to training in August 1918, where he received notification that his brother Frederick had also been killed. He was still training when the Armistice was signed in November, and returned to Australia in April 1919 to discover that in his absence, his fiancée had married someone else. George Bingley never married, and family members relate that he never recovered from the loss of his two brothers. He died in 1974.