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Offline Tim Bell

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CSM Harold Bingham DCM 8066
« on: December 14, 2013, 11:04:12 AM »
Hi Forum,
The Official Record states Harold's DCM relates to deeds at Heninel.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  During operations he assumed command of his company, and carried out his duties with great courage and ability. 
Records show Harold as a Sergeant - likely X Pln. C Coy. on 9th July 1916, being wounded as the sole survivor from the northern part of Trones Wood.  Harold was promoted to Sergeant Major of C Coy by October 1916.  On the 12th of that month he had also taken command of his Company at Flers, when all the officers had been lost.
In view of the Flers action could the Official Record be wrong and the DCM relates to Flers rather then Heninel?

Any thoughts?

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Re: CSM Harold Bingham DCM 8066
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2013, 12:33:17 PM »
Tim,
 I see that the award was "London Gazette 4th June 1917."  Does that date help at all? PhilipG.

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Re: CSM Harold Bingham DCM 8066
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2013, 12:50:12 PM »
he wouldnt have earned a DCM for taking command after all the officers were down,it would have been his resposibility,with him holding seniority.its probably a coincidence that both actions involved taking command,his DCM was mentioned in the M.E.N on 6th june 1917.

he lived at 10 upper moss lane,hulme,and worked as a storekeeper in a shirt warehouse,he was 23yrs old when he won his DCM.

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Re: CSM Harold Bingham DCM 8066
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2013, 01:13:50 PM »
Tim,

Re my post.

I have looked up the attack by the 17th Mcrs. on 23rd April 1917 towards Cherisy when they were poised in front of Heninel.  It would seem reasonable to associate the publication of the award on 4th June 1917 to relate to an act of gallantry on the 23rd April. PhilipG.

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Re: CSM Harold Bingham DCM 8066
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2013, 03:27:24 PM »
Tim,

Re my post.

I have looked up the attack by the 17th Mcrs. on 23rd April 1917 towards Cherisy when they were poised in front of Heninel.  It would seem reasonable to associate the publication of the award on 4th June 1917 to relate to an act of gallantry on the 23rd April. PhilipG.
i agree philip.

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Re: CSM Harold Bingham DCM 8066
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2013, 03:54:33 PM »
Mack,
As they say: "Great minds think alike!". Philip.

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Re: CSM Harold Bingham DCM 8066
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2013, 08:00:47 PM »
Thanks both,
The citation says "During operations" plural.  Hence, we all concur CSM Bingham repeatedly did his duty to command the Company in the absence of officers.
Harold is one of the original Pals who continued his Service as an Senior NCO, rather than accepting a commission - I imagine it was offered. He was demobilised Class Z on 17/3/19 as a WOI.

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