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Clifford Reginald BINMORE

Regimental number4277
Place of birthGeelong, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Next of kinSister, Mrs M A Cleverly, 60 Albert Street, Geelong, Victoria
Enlistment date10 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll21st Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 10 July 1915 and posted to 29th Bn, 4th Reinforcements, later going to the 21st Bn, 10th Reinforcements. Taken on strength, 21st Bn, 28 September 1916.
FateKilled in Action 20 March 1917
Place of death or woundingLagnicourt, France
Date of death20 March 1917
Age at death38
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Western Front

Statement, Red Cross File No 0380805O, 4683 Lance Corporal J.W. CHANTOR, B Company, 21st Bn, 26 November 1917: 'He was in B Co., I think the 6th Pltn. Between Vaux and Ecoust on the 20th March during the attack I saw Binmore wounded. He was hit first by a machine gun and then, while he was on the ground, by a shell. I spoke to him, and sent for stretcher bearers. I was told by S/B Bond of B Co. (who was with the battalion 3 or 4 months ago, and I think now is in the 6th Training Battalion in England) that he got him off the battlefield, but whether he got him down to the Dressing Station I don't know.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesRed Cross File No 0380805O

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