William James BINGHAM was born 25th October 1891 in Ashford, Kent; he began working while still at school and later accompanied his employer to the west of England. He went to a naval training school for nine months as 'Boy' until, on 25th October 1909, his eighteenth birthday, he signed on with the Royal Navy and served 12 years. He was part of the crew of some 18 ships and establishments - including Tilbury in 1919 and the photo above was taken about then.
My Grandfather drew these two pictures of HMS Tilbury:
I now have a copy of my grandfather's Service Record; I found his logbook and other souvenirs in the attic; and decided to create a family website with two pages dedicated to William, his times and his travels.
The first has details of the ships and training establishments where he served, cruise programmes of ships he was with during WW1, and is illustrated with many photos. The second is a display from the logbook; some of the pages are missing, but the remainder give an idea of his preoccupations during those years, when he served in European waters, the Far East, and the Dardanelles. I hope you may enjoy reading them.
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