Sir John E Bingham

Bro. Sir John E. Bingham

The Orange Standard - May 1915

English Orangeism has sustained a severe blow in the loss by death of Sir John E. Bingham, Bart, J.P., V.D. The John E. Bingham L.O.L. No.844 held a special meeting on the 20th inst. when the Rev.W. Sykes, W.Master, moved the following resolution, Bro. A.J. Sanders seconding, the members carrying the same upstanding : -“That the members of the John E. Bingham L.O.L. No.844, assembled in special lodge on 20th March 1915, hereby express their deepest sympathy with Lady Bingham and family in the great sorrow they have sustained in the death of Sir John E. Bingham, Bart., V.D. They mourn the loss of a brother beloved, more especially as this is the first occasion that the chain of fellowship has lost a link in the John E. Bingham L.O.L. They bow with reverence before the work of God’s will; they fervently pray that the Lord God Omnipotent may comfort the hearts of the bereaved relatives, and that grace may be given to them all to follow their late Brother’s good example in humility, fervent love of the Word of God and the maintenance of the purity of the Gospel.

They desire to place on record their fullest appreciation of the honour conferred upon the lodge by Bro. Sir John E. Bingham, in his willingness to allow the lodge to be in perpetuity called by his honoured name, and of which he was the first Deputy Master.” The brethren resident in Hoyland sent a telegram of condolence. In a reference to the character of the late Sir John E. Bingham, Bro.Sanders expressed particular satisfaction with the appropriateness of the reference in the resolution to his humility and Gospel faithfulness. It is typical that when the lodge desired to honour Sir John, and itself, by adopting his name, he said that if the brethren thought that it would be of service to the cause (after at first holding back from what he thought might be misunderstood) he would be quite willing, but “I think it should be the John E. Bingham Lodge, not the title to it,” he said.

It was not the fault of Sir John that the Orange flag was not rehoisted in Sheffield many years ago. The writer was privileged to converse with him on this topic (dear to the hearts of both) on many occasions, when Sir John sighed for the palmy days of Dr. Potter and “grand old Ben Fletcher”. The only reason that the valuable movement was not resuscitated years earlier was the reluctance of Sir John, the present writer, and the first members of the lodge to appear to be “officious” while there were still members of the old lodges able to act. Movements, however, matter more than men, and should not be allowed to flag because of a fear of apparently slighting those whose love has grown cold.

The best army is that which fights on when its officers are falling, men of less note but equal courage and faith being ready to take their places. May the knowledge of the lives and examples of those who have “fought a good fight and finished the course” nerve our arms and embolden our hearts that we may keep the traditions and go from strength to strength to the benefit of our race and the glory of God.

By Bro. William A. Croft