Binns, Percy Vere MC

(1893 - 1918)

War Service:
He was gazetted as a Lieutenant in the Canadian Engineers in November 1915 and came to England in March 1916. After landing in France on 17 June he served on the Somme and was wounded on 8 September. He was awarded the Military Cross ‘for valuable service rendered in the construction of jumping off trenches before Courcelette’. At Passchendaele he acted as Assistant Adjutant to the 1st Divisional Engineers and was appointed Staff Captain in May 1918. He was killed by a shell near Arras on 28 Aug 1918 aged 25.

From the Canadian Expeditionary Force Burial Register at The Canadian National Archives states:

Killed in Action
This officer was proceeding forward on his motorcycle for the purpose of making arrangements for the establishment of a forward Engineer Dump and, when in Rue St Quentin, Arras, he was hit by pieces of an enemy shell and was also badly burnt by the engine of his motorcycle bursting. He died from the effects shortly afterwards.


His CO wrote to his parents : “ He was a most competent officer and a man of the most engaging personality and great charm. I considered myself most fortunate when he was posted to me as Staff Captain and I predicted for him an unusually bright career.”

Location of Memorial:
He is buried in Dainville British Cemetery and commemorated on the Christ Church WW1 War Memorial and on the University of Toronto Roll of Service.

He was born on 8 February 1893 the third son of Ellis P. and Amelia Binns, of 18, Dorville Road, Lee. He was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica where his father worked for a fruit company. He was educated at Huron Street school Toronto and at Woodstock College and Toronto University where he graduated as a civil engineer in April 1914.


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