Clevedon soldier's World War One medals back with family after London auction
PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 December 2018
The medals of a fallen World War One soldier have been returned to their rightful owners after a family member purchased them at auction.
Clevedon-born Sergeant Victor Charles Binding died on October 9, 1917 while serving in the 4th City of Bristol Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment.
Sgt Binding was 21 years old when he was killed in action after his battalion was attacked near Poelcappelle.
His platoon officer, 2nd Lieutenant Alex Taylor reported seeing him wounded and was not seen after.
Darrell Binding, his great-nephew, said: “My good friend Malcolm Rouse, a medals expert, told me just a week beforehand that Binding’s medals were coming up at a London auction.
“Malcolm did not know I was directly related, and having a big interest in Binding genealogy I decided to bid for them.”
Darrell paid £320 for a set of medals including an additional four belonging to other soldiers.
Victor was the youngest son of Thomas and Sarah Binding who are the founders of TC Binding and Sons. He had four older brothers who also served in the army and his father was an old artillery volunteer with the 1st Somerset Volunteer Regiment.
Darrell added: “I was delighted to have been successful at my very first auction on December 6.
“Poignantly it was the day after attending my late uncle Philip Binding’s funeral in Rugby.
“Philip’s family have told me he would have been so chuffed they have been brought back into the family, had he known.
“We commemorated the 100th anniversary of Victor’s death last year, and now after the 101st anniversary, we have got two of his medals back. They will now stay with the family in perpetuity.
“One medal – the 1914-15 star – is missing from the group and I would love to add that to the Victory and war medals I now have.
“If anyone can help me track it down we would be very grateful.”
In the auction lot were also medals belonging to Sapper Walter John Beake from the 2nd Wessex Regiment, Private William Card and William George Reed from the Somerset Light Infantry and Private William Frank Pike from the Royal Marines.
Darrell is looking for family of the owners to sell the medals on to the rightful owners.
To help Darrell, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org