Rear Admiral The Honourable Edward Barry Stewart Bingham, V.C., OBE

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Rear Admiral The Honourable Edward Barry Stewart Bingham, V.C., OBE

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Birthplace: Bangor, North Down, Northern Ireland (UK)
Death: September 24, 1939 (58)
London, Middlesex, England UK
Place of Burial: London, Middlesex, England UK
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Son of John Bingham, 5th Baron Clanmorris and Matilda Catherine Maude Ward
Husband of Vera Maud Temple Patterson
Brother of Lt.-Col. Hon. John Denis Yelverton Bingham; Arthur Maurice Robert Bingham, 6th Baron Clanmorris; Emily Ina Florence Dixon; Harriette Ierne Maude Eason; Henry Derrick Thomas Bingham and 4 others

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About Rear Admiral The Honourable Edward Barry Stewart Bingham, V.C., OBE

Edward Bingham

Rear Admiral The Honourable Edward Barry Stewart Bingham VC, OBE (26 July 1881 — 24 September 1939) served in the Royal Navy during the First World War and was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in engaging the German fleet during the Battle of Jutland.


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Rear Admiral The Honourable Edward Barry Stewart Bingham VC, OBE (born 26 July 1881 in Bangor, County Down, Ireland — died 24 September 1939) served in the Royal Navy during the First World War and was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in engaging the German fleet during the Battle of Jutland.


Bingham, the son of Lord Clanmorris, entered the Royal Navy in 1895. At the beginning of the First World War, he was appointed Commander (Executive Officer) of HMS Invincible, which saw action at the Battle of the Falkland Islands in December 1914.


On 31 May 1916, during the Battle of Jutland off Denmark, Commander Bingham was in command of a destroyer division. He led his division in their attack, first on enemy destroyers and then on the battle cruisers of the German High Seas Fleet. Once the enemy was sighted Bingham ordered his own destroyer, HMS Nestor, and the one remaining destroyer of his division, HMS Nicator, to close to within 2,750 meters of the opposing battle fleet so that he could bring his torpedoes to bear. While making this attack Nestor and Nicator were under concentrated fire of the secondary batteries of the German fleet and Nestor was subsequently sunk. For his actions, Bingham earned the Victoria Cross, one of relatively few awarded for naval bravery during the First World War.


Bingham was picked up by the Germans at Jutland, and remained a prisoner of war until the Armistice. After the war, he remained with the Royal Navy and retired as a Rear Admiral in 1932. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. Bingham died in 1939, and is buried in the Golders Green cemetery in northwest London.


Bingham's Victoria Cross was auctioned by Sotheby's in 1983 and was purchased by the North Down Borough Council for £18,000, having outbid a Canadian millionaire. It is now valued at in excess of £100,000 due to the rarity of naval VCs. The medal is displayed at the North Down Heritage Centre, Bangor, Northern Ireland.

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Rear Admiral The Honourable Edward Barry Stewart Bingham, V.C., OBE's Timeline

1881
July 26, 1881
Bangor, North Down, Northern Ireland (UK)
1939
September 24, 1939
Age 58
London, Middlesex, England UK
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London, Middlesex, England UK