David was born on 18th March 1887 in London, the son of Major-General Sir Cecil Edward
Bingham. Because they were a military family, they lived at various addresses in
and around London – in the 1911 census he was living in Maidenhead. He appears on
the East Haddon War Memorial because his mother, Rose Elinor, lived in East Haddon
in her early years. [Her father, David Charles Guthrie, MP for Northampton, bought
East Haddon Hall from the Sawbridges in 1891. Rose was born in 1893.]
Educated at Eton, and Royal Military College Sandhurst, David was Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant
in the Coldstream Guards in August 1906.
David and his battalion went to France in August 1914, part of the British Expeditionary
Force, two weeks after the war started. They were posted to the east of Paris and
fought in the Battle of the Aisne against the German army advancing on Paris. 5,000
British soldiers were killed in the battle, including Lieutenant Bingham on 14th
David was only 27 when he died. He left a 21-year-old widow, Rosabelle – they had
been married for only 2½ years – and a 1-year-old daughter, named Rose.
David’s name appears on the memorial at La Ferte Sous Jouarre, 66 km east of Paris,
together with 5000 other English soldiers.
He is also commemorated in the Mayo Memorial Park in Castlebar, Ireland – the name
Bingham is the family name of the Earls of Lucan, and David’s father was a son of
the 4th earl of Lucan . The Mayo Memorial Park commemorates all people with local
connections who died in foreign wars.