Roll of Honour


Robert Inglis Binning

Mentioned in Despatches


Robert Inglis Binning graduated MBChB from the University in 1907. He was born at Rangoon, Burma, modern day Yangon, Myanmar, son of John, an East India merchant.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

Educated at the Glasgow Academy, Binning enrolled at the University in 1902, and over the course of five years took classes in Chemistry, Zoology, Anatomy, Physiology, Materia Medica, Pathology, Midwifery, and Practical Surgery. He graduated on 23 July 1907.

Binning worked as a resident assistant at Glasgow Royal Infirmary before joining the Indian Medical Service in 1909. By 1912 he was promoted to Captain and and was stationed at Port Blair, South Andaman Island, Bay of Bengal. Basra was made base of the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force in November 1914 by the 6th Poona Division. In November 1915 presumably he was granted leave as he got married to Dorothy A Clarke. Captain Binning, Mentioned in Despatches, died of fever in the Persian Gulf on 16 August 1916, aged 30.

He is buried in grave V. J. 3 in the Basra War Cemetery, and commemorated in the Rolls of Honour of the Royal Infirmary, the University of Glasgow, the Glasgow Academy and the Glasgow Necropolis.

Comments and Citations

Majority of biography taken from International Story entry and Necropolis online.