Lance Corporal Gary D Bingley MM

{ Gaz }

28 Feb 1958 - 28 May 1982

  • Military Medal medal
  • General Service Medal Clasp (1962 onwards) medal
  • South Atlantic Medal with Rosette

Gary Bingley was a Junior Leader in Inkerman Company, Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion (IJLB), Shorrncliffe in Kent. He joined the Parachute Regiment and Passed Out of P Company, he was posted to 2 PARA.   

Lance Corporal Gary Bingley MM served with Airborne Forces in The 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA), and was killed in the Falklands.

Gary David Bingley, known to friends as 'Gaz', was born in Tottenham and served with D Company, 2 PARA. He served in Northern Ireland (1977), Berlin from 1977 to 1979, Northern Ireland from 1979 to 1981 and was stationed in Aldershot prior to his deployment to the Falklands in April 1982.

During the Battle at Goose Green, L/Cpl Bingley took part in the night advance to Darwin Hill. He was killed shortly after the deaths of L/Cpl Cork and Pte Fletcher, whilst making a frontal charge on an Argentine machine gun post. After the Battle, he was posthumously awarded the Military Medal for his actions.

The citation published in the London Gazette records:
"Throughout 28th May 1982, the 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment were engaged in fierce fighting to take well entrenched enemy positions in 'the area of the Goose Green settlement on the Island of East Falkland. Lance Corporal Bingley was a Section Commander.
During the battle his section came under fire at close quarters from two enemy machine-gun posts. To destroy the enemy positions he led his section in the assault and whilst leading was fatally wounded.
His heroic action enabled his company to continue their advance and was significantly instrumental in defeating the enemy."

 

Lance Corporal Bingley died on 28 May 1982, aged 24 years old. He is now buried at Aldershot Military Cemetery, Hampshire.

Further reading

Read the account by Col David Benest about Goose Green: Click here.

Profile photograph kindly supplied by Steve Wilson

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Bill Bentley said:
Gaz Bingley also served in NI with 2 Para 1979-81. He was a grand lad, we enjoyed many a laugh together. May he rest in peace.
Jay Hyrons said:
Gary David Bingley was born in Tottenham and joined the Paras at 16. He served in NI in 1977,Berlin from 1977-1979, NI 1979-1981 & was stationed in Aldershot prior to The Falklands.
Always missed, never forgotten, my husband & best friend.
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