Edward Barry Stewart Bingham

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Rear-Admiral Edward Barry Stewart Bingham, V.C., O.B.E., Royal Navy (26 July, 1881 – 24 September, 1939) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Bingham was born in Bangor Castle, Ireland, the third son of the fifth Lord Clanmorris.[1][2]

Bingham was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1903.[3]

On 30 September, 1904, Bingham ended an appointment in Bulwark to command unspecified torpedo boats.[4]

Bingham was appointed in command of the destroyer Star on 25 April, 1905.[5]

Bingham was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 June, 1911.[6]

Great War

At the beginning of the war, Bingham was appointed to the battlecruiser Invincible, remaining there until 4 January, 1915, having been specially promoted to Commander on 31 December for his part in the Battle of the Falklands. On 7 February, he was appointed to command Hornet.[7]

In early 1915, while captain of the destroyer Hornet, Bingham weathered ferocious weather conditions that stove in the bridge railings of his sub-divisional mate, Tigress.[8] On 28 October, Hornet and Jackal deviated from a patrol to assist the armoured cruiser Argyll, which had run hard aground off Dundee. Judging that time was critical, Bingham went right in to the larger ship, and men jumped in batches when the time seemed right. Bingham took on about 500 men without mishap in this daring rescue. Jackal took off the remainder, entirely without loss.[9]

Offsetting this coup to some degree, Bingham was faulted for a collision between Sandfly and Tigress some time in 1915. The Vice-Admiral commanding Third Battle Squadron judged that Bingham had cut too closely to another vessel and without indicating his intentions to the next ship astern before so doing.[10]

On 18 May, 1915, he married Vera Maude Temple-Patterson.[11]

He was appointed in command of Nestor on April, 1916 and would command her as part of the Thirteenth Destroyer Flotilla at the Battle of Jutland, where she was lost after an engineering casualty brought her to a standstill.[12] Bingham wound up as a prisoner of war after being scooped up by the Germans. On 27 July, 1916 the British learned he'd been moved to an officers' detention centre in Freiberg. On 4 May, 1917, he was moved to Augustabad.[13]

Bingham was repatriated soon after the war and was invested with the Victoria Cross at Buckingham Palace on 13 December, 1918.[14]

Post-War

Bingham was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1919 on the recommendation of Admiral Sturdee.[15]

He was appointed in command of the yacht Enchantress in September, 1920.[16]

In May, 1931, Bingham was appointed in command of the light cruiser Comus.

His marriage to Vera would end in 1937, though it had yielded a son and a daughter. He would die in 1939, aged 58 in a London nursing home.[17]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
John R. Corner
Captain of H.M.S. Star
25 Apr, 1905[18] – 23 Jul, 1906[19]
Succeeded by
Henry G. L. Oliphant
Preceded by
Ernest E. Parker
Captain of H.M.S. Flying Fish
Aug, 1905[20]
Succeeded by
Charles H. Morgan
Preceded by
Hubert H. de Burgh
Captain of H.M.S. Stag
5 Oct, 1908[21][22] – Feb, 1911[23]
Succeeded by
Frederic B. Coppin
Preceded by
Cecil G. Chichester
Captain of H.M.S. Hornet
7 Feb, 1915[24][25] – Apr, 1916[26]
Succeeded by
Reginald St. P. Parry
Preceded by
Reginald St. P. Parry
Captain of H.M.S. Nestor
Apr, 1916[27] – 31 May, 1916[28]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
Charles E. Cundall
Captain of H.M.S. Nereus
4 Jul, 1919[29] – 1 Oct, 1919[30]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Richard L. Hamer
Captain of H.M.S. Tempest
1 Oct, 1919[31][32] – 8 Jan, 1920[33]
Succeeded by
Clement R. Dane
Preceded by
Richard G. A. W. Stapleton-Cotton
Captain of H.M.S. Enchantress
Sep, 1920[34] – 31 Mar, 1922[35]
Succeeded by
Vernon S. Butler
Preceded by
Edward McC. W. Lawrie
Captain of H.M.S. Montrose
1 Oct, 1922[36] – 1 Oct, 1924[37]
Succeeded by
Edmond J. G. Mackinnon
Preceded by
Philip A. Bateman-Champain
Captain (D), Eighth Destroyer Flotilla
c. Oct, 1922[38] – Sep, 1923[39]
Succeeded by
Richard A. A. Plowden
Preceded by
Sidney R. Bailey
Captain (D), Fourth Destroyer Flotilla
Sep, 1923[40] – 1 Oct, 1924[41]
Succeeded by
Edmond J. G. Mackinnon
Preceded by
Leonard L. P. Willan
Captain of H.M.S. Hecla
29 Dec, 1924[42] – 1 Jan, 1926[43]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Leonard L. P. Willan
as Captain (D), Nore Reserve Flotilla
Captain (D), Nore Destroyer Flotilla
29 Dec, 1924[44] – 29 Dec, 1926[45]
Succeeded by
Guy L. Coleridge
Preceded by
John W. C. O. Shelton
Captain of H.M.S. Malcolm
1 Jan, 1926[46] – 29 Dec, 1926[47]
Succeeded by
Richard A. A. Plowden
Preceded by
Roger L'E. M. Rede
Captain of H.M.S. Resolution
3 Aug, 1929[48] – 29 Nov, 1930[49]
Succeeded by
Max K. Horton
Preceded by
Douglas Young-Jamieson
Captain of H.M.S. Comus
4 May, 1931[50][51] – 2 Jul, 1932[52]
Succeeded by
Cecil N. Reyne

Footnotes

  1. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  2. Obituary in The Times.
  3. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 7.
  4. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  5. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  6. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  7. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  8. Smith. Hard Lying. p. 121.
  9. Smith. Hard Lying. p. 122.
  10. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  11. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  12. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. p. 46.
  13. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  14. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  15. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  16. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 769.
  17. Obituary in The Times.
  18. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  19. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  20. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  21. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  22. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 378.
  23. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  24. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 394q.
  25. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  26. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  27. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  28. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. p. 46.
  29. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  30. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  31. The Navy List. (January, 1920). p. 872.
  32. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  33. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  34. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 769.
  35. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  36. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  37. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  38. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  39. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  40. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  41. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  42. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  43. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  44. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  45. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  46. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  47. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  48. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  49. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  50. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 224.
  51. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.
  52. Bingham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/117. f. 117.