George Webster BINNIE


BINNIE, George Webster

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 18 November 1914, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 13th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wahroonga, New South Wales, 6 May 1885
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Haileybury College, Melbourne
Occupation: Company Director
Died: Killed In Action, Gallipoli, 3 May 1915, aged 29 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Haileybury College HB, Hampton RSL Gallipoli Memorial Gardens, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing, MCC Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918 - Melbourne Cricket Club, Turramurra Uniting Church BINNIE Memorial Window
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World War 1 Service

18 Nov 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 13th Infantry Battalion, Sydney, New South Wales
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 13th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 13th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
3 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 13th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Lieutenant George Webster Binnie, killed in action, was 30 years of age, and, though an Australian, had the fresh complexion generally associated with the Eton and Rugby boy who comes out here. He was a daily frequenter of a certain tea-room in Sydney, where he was known as "The English Boy." Early last August he was missed from the tea-room, where his friends had their 4 o'clock. Upon inquiry, it was found that he had left the comfort of a director's chair for guard duty at Middle Head. Later he proceeded to the front, and then the next news his tea-room associates had 0f him was the brief notice, "Lieutenant G. W. Binnie, killed in action." One of his friends said yesterday: "Even a slight tea-room acquaintanceship enabled us to appreciate his unfailing courtesy to and regard for those with whom he came in contact, but little did we dream that we were daily rubbing shoulders with a hero. A hero whose name, along with that of many another Australian and Englishman, will go down to posterity as one who gave up all the pleasures and comforts of a well-to-do family for duty and for Empire. Many, unknown to his parents, are extending unexpressed sympathy, and consider it an honour to have been associated with such a man." - from the Sydney Morning Herald 01 Jun 1915 (

Son of John and Janet BINNIE, 63 York Street, Sydney.

He enlisted on 10th August 1914, and took part in the landing at Gallipoli.  He was a Lieutenant in the 13th Infantry Battalion and was killed soon after the landing, May 3rd 1915.  He passed matricualation at Haileybury College and on leaving school he took up business pursuits.  He was a member of both first eleven and first eighteen, and performed in both with considerable success, despite the fact that he was slight and rather delicate.  He was a good musician.