Robert Inglis Binning Myanmar Iraq India

Biography of Robert Inglis Binning

Robert Inglis Binning MBChB 1907
Robert Inglis Binning MBChB 1907

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

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 the outbreak of the First World War, during which he served with the Indian Medical Service 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. It was there where Captain Binning, Mentioned in Despatches, died of fever in the Persian Gulf on 16 August 1916, aged 30.

He was buried in grave V. J. 3 in the Basra War Cemetery. The 4000 headstones in the Basra War Cemetery were destroyed in 2013. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is committed to repairing the damage when it deems it is safe to do so. He is commemorated in the Rolls of Honour of Glasgow Royal Infirmary, the University of Glasgow, Glasgow Academy and at the Glasgow Necropolis.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • Ch 4/4/2/3/639
  • DC225/1/5 Faculty of Medicine Final Year Dinner 1902-1907
  • MED5/2/8 Graduate Schedules 1907-10
  • R3/1/1 (vol 2) Register of dates of birth of graduates Vols.I-III 1881-1915


Robert Inglis Binning
Born 4 May 1885.
Died 16 August 1916.
GU Degree: MBChB, 1907; Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences,
University Link: Graduate
Occupation categories: military; surgeons
WWI: View WWI Roll of Honour Entry
Additional Information: R3/1/1 (vol 2)
English snippet: Medical graduate of the University of Glasgow in 1907, Indian Medical Service during WWI
Record last updated: 8th Aug 2016

Country Associations

Myanmar Myanmar, Yangon
Place of Birth

Iraq Iraq, Basra
Place of Death

India India, Port Blair

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