Henry Armstrong Binmore

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Lieutenant-Commander Henry Armstrong Binmore (19 April, 1888 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Brixham, Henry Armstrong Binmore was the son of a Royal Navy Naval Instructor, Henry Colmer Binmore.[1]

Binmore was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1910.[2]

His early work in submarines was compromised by health issues. On 15 May 1912 while in command of A 12, he was admitted to Haslar Hospital with rheumation. On 19 June, he was found fit, having been appointed in command of B 3 despite his being in hospital, on 4 June. Sickness found him again on 5 September, when he was diagnosed as debilitated after a bout of pleurisy and admitted to Plymouth Hospital. In October, the diagnosis was described as a lumbar abscess. He remained in Plymouth Hospital until being declared fit on 25 November, 1912. He married Elsie May Hodgess in Plymouth five days later.[3]

Binmore spent nearly a year on barrack duty in Pembroke from the turn of 1913 until December.[4]

Great War

Binmore served in Lysander as first Lieutenant until he was superseded on 8 February, 1915, suffering from a nervous breakdown. It was hoped to quickly appoint him in command of T.B. 11 on 15 February, but this was cancelled as he was admitted to Chatham Hospital and diagnosed with neurasthenia. On 8 March he was found fit and he was appointed in command of T.B. 20 on 16 March.[5]

On 22 March, 1916, T.B. 20 collided with T.B. 19 and Binmore was blamed for not having assured himself that his officer of the watch was competent to take charge.[6]

On 5 November, 1917, Binmore was appointed to Wakeful, to take command upon her commissioning. His time in her was to be brief, as on 24 November Wakeful and Ursa collided and the Admiralty concluded that it was in part due to Binmore being unfamiliar with the unspecified port in which the collision occurred. He was superseded in command of the ship two days later to take up command of Pylades.[7]

Binmore was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 April, 1918.[8]

Binmore left Pylades when he was appointed in command of the destroyer Tara on 5 November, 1918.[9]

Post-War

Binmore was appointed in command of the Modified "W" Class destroyer Whitshed on 15 May, 1919.

Binmore was appointed in command of the destroyer Sportive of the Sixth Destroyer Flotilla on 15 July, 1921. Captain (D) Fremantle reported that he was disappointed in Binmore's results, with the efficiency and appearance of the ship deteriorating under his command. He was dismissed the ship on 16 March, 1923, having been severely reprimanded for stranding the destroyer. He was sent back to Britain in Watchman.[10]

Binmore was placed on the Retired List for non-service on 14 March, 1926.[11]

World War II

Binmore was called up to serve with the Royal Canadian Navy, starting in November 1939 in Halifax Dockyard. In April, 1942 he traveled to Washington, D.C. for work with the B.A.D.. In December, he was appointed to Asbury to serve as Barracksmaster and Mail Officer. Binmore's appointment was terminated on 4 March 1943 and he reverted to the Retired List the following day.[12]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Wilfrid B. Pirie
Captain of H.M.S. A 12
15 Sep, 1911[13] – 4 Jun, 1912[14]
Succeeded by
Francis J. H. Dawson
Preceded by
Hugh A. Williamson
Captain of H.M.S. B 3
4 Jun, 1912[15] – 26 Sep, 1912[16]
Succeeded by
John A. Gaimes
Preceded by
The Hon. Francis L. W. Vernon
Captain of H.M. T.B. 20
16 Mar, 1915[17][18] – 23 May, 1916[19]
Succeeded by
James C. Collie
Preceded by
Ambrose T. N. Abbay
Captain of H.M.S. Garry
23 May, 1916[20][21] – 2 Jan, 1917[22]
Succeeded by
Edward F. B. Law
Preceded by
Colin A. G. Hutchinson
Captain of H.M.S. Laverock
18 Jan, 1917[23][24] – 5 Nov, 1917[25]
Succeeded by
Maxwell A. C. Ritter
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Wakeful
5 Nov, 1917[26] – 26 Nov, 1917[27]
Succeeded by
Somerville P. B. Russell
Preceded by
Somerville P. B. Russell
Captain of H.M.S. Pylades
26 Nov, 1917[28] – 5 Nov, 1918[29]
Succeeded by
Richard C. A. Littleton
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Tara
5 Nov, 1918[30][31] – 24 Mar, 1919[32]
Succeeded by
Joseph B. Newill
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Whitshed
15 May, 1919[33][34] – May, 1921[35]
Succeeded by
George A. Scott
Preceded by
Charles H. Knox-Little
Captain of H.M.S. Sportive
15 Jul, 1921[36][37] – 16 Mar, 1923[38]
Succeeded by
Donal S. McGrath

Footnotes

  1. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  2. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 7.
  3. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  4. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  5. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  6. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  7. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  8. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  9. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  10. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  11. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  12. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  13. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  14. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  15. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  16. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  17. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  18. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 400.
  19. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  20. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  21. The Navy List. (October, 1916). p. 394p.
  22. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  23. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  24. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395.
  25. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  26. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  27. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  28. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  29. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  30. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  31. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 914.
  32. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  33. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  34. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 899.
  35. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  36. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.
  37. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 814.
  38. Binmore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/202. f. 214.