[CODE]Would you have any details for 2nd Lt R L Binns of the 8th Yorkshires who attended Stonyhurst College?[QUOTE]
2nd Lieut. Raymund L. Binns, 3rd Bn (attached 8th Bn) The Yorkshire Regiment
Born on 21 March 1884 - the son of Dr and Mrs. Binns of East Bergholt
Entered Stonyhurst College in 1897
At the outbreak of war Lieut Binns, though married and successfully embarked on a career as an artist, unhesitantly gave up his happy home and congenial work to join the Army. "I feel the times call for something a bit heroic" he observed to a near relative who was discussing the sacrifice he had made.
Commissioned as 2nd Lieut. 22 Apr 15
Served in France from May 1916 to when he was KIA on 10 Jul 16 near Ovillers-La Boisselle during the battle of Albert.
According to his Colonel he was killed instantly by a bullet throught the head. He also wrote that he was "a fine soldier" who died "whilst assaulting the enemy's position, which the battalion eventually captured."
At the time the bullet struck him he was leading the bombers of the Battalion. His men had just captured the first trench. His soldier servant, who supplied these details, spoke feelingly of his affection for his officer and of the regard felt for him by the men of his platoon.
A brother officer, describing his bearing during the attack in which he met his death, said: "He was perfectly splendid and the men followed him wherever he went. The men of his platoon carried him bact to Becourt cemetary outside Albert and gave him a burial any soldier might be proud of. He was the bravest platoon commander I have had."
The artist friend with whom he worked and who was much attached to him, wrote thus:
"When Fr. John Gerard sent Raymund Binns with a letter of introduction, his name was familiar to me as figuring very frequently among the winners of the drawing prizes at Stonyhurst; and it was a pleasure to pass him along from the uncongenial surroundings of an office in the city to the Art and Book Company.
Attendance at evening classes soon gave him greater facility in draughtmanship, and when I moved into the country to work with stained glass in more pleasant surroundings, he very gladly joined me. He was at all times a well tried friend. He was keen in work or at play, clean-minded an cheery, a Catholic through and through, and a honour to the College of his upbringing.
I have no seen his equal in diving, and he was a fine swimmer and a capital forward at hockey.
The time came when his artistic ability had outrun the work I could lay before him. In London he was rapidly making a name for himself by the diginity and well-ordered balance of his designs and letterings. Not the least happy of these are the drawings which form the design still used for the cover of Stonyhurst Magazine, and the delightful end papers of the book of views of Stonyhurst."
Source: Stonyhurst War Record.
I have attached a photo of him.