George Arnold Binks (1917-1940)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.


George Arnold Binks was born on 28 August 1917, the son of George Arthur Binks and his wife Eleanor.

By 1939, widow Eleanor was living with her children at 85 Broad Oak, Linthwaite, and George was employed as a cloth finisher.

He served with the R.A.F. but was killed during a training exercise, along with four other crew members, when Hampden I P4292 crashed on 7 December 1940:[1]

Crashed near Weston-on-the Green, Oxon when returning to Upper Heyford following an engine failure during a night flying exercise.

He is commemorated on the Christ Church Roll of Honour.


Huddersfield Examiner (21/Dec/1940):



The funeral took place at Linthwaite Parish Church on Saturday afternoon of Sergeant George Binks, R.A.F., only son of Mrs. and the late Mr. George Binks of 85, Broadoak, Linthwaite.

Sergeant Binks, who was twenty-three years of age lost his life while flying on the previous Saturday. He was formerly employed by the Longwood Finishing Company, and later by Messrs. W. T. Johnson and Sons, Bankfield Mills, Moldgreen. He joined the R.A.F. in December, 1939, and was training as a wireless operator and air-gunner.

The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. W. M. Griffiths, Vicar of Longwood.

In addition to the family mourners there were present some of the deceased’s former workmates and personal friends.

The wreaths included those from the directors and fellow-workers at Bankfield Mills, and several from the R.A.F. unit with which he was serving.

BINKS — George A. (Sgt., R.A.F.). aged 23 years, dearly loved only son of Mrs. and the late Mr. George A. Binks, of 85 Broad Oak, Linthwaite. Interred at Christ Church, Linthwaite. December 14. MRS. BINKS, MILDRED, CONNIE MARJORIE and HUBERT tender their sincere THANKS to all relatives, friends, neighbours and fellow workers and directors of W. T. Johnson and Sons, Ltd., Bankfield Mills, for their kind expressions of sympathy and for floral tributes received in their sad bereavement.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission



Notes and References

  1. Source: Chris Hobson's Airmen Died in the Second World War.