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Service number 1703

James returned to Australia on the 18th July 1919. Discharged on the 30thOctober 1919. James married Elizabeth E Cox in Durham, England. After the war James lived at “Hillcrest”, Beaconsfield, Victoria. In the 1940’s James and Elizabeth resided at Dandenong Road, Frankston and he was employed as a hospital attendant. Died on the 12thJune 1958 in Victoria. Cremated on the 13thJune 1958 at Springvale Botanical Cemetery.

The Argus (20thJune 1921)

“Beaconsfield Murder.

Arrest hoped for, Clue being followed.

Perhaps the most important piece of information now being sifted by Detective Milne is a story told to police by James Binks, a carter living at Beaconsfield. He states that when driving along Quamby Road near the Sheard’s home about 11 o’clock on the morning when the crime was discovered, he saw in one of Sheard’s paddocks what he described as a “person dressed in woman’s clothing” moving quickly across the cleared land in the direction of the bush. A thorough search for 10 miles around has failed to reveal any trace of this mysterious person.”

Name BINKS, James
Service Number 1703
Rank Private
Roll Light Horse Regiment 8-23 Reinforcements (May 1916-February 1918)
Conflict First World War 1914-1918
Embarked 6thMay 1916
City Melbourne
Ship HMAT Clan MacCorquodale A6
Age 23 years
Birth Place 4thAugust 1887, Nateby, West Morland, England
Father George Binks
Mother Elizabeth (Spooner) Binks
Religion Methodist
Occupation Labourer
Residence Melton Railway Line, Victoria
Enlisted 4th January 1916
Height 5 feet, 3 ½ inches
Complexion Dark; Eyes- Brown; Hair- Brown