Son of Alfred and Caroline J. Binns, of 5, Foxwell St., West Toronto.
Fred signed his attestation papers in Toronto on July 5th 1915 and was assigned to the 37th battalion. He sailed with his battalion from Halifax arriving in England Dec-11-1915 on the SS Lapland. Upon arriving in England he was with the 12th reserve battalion in Shorcliffe.He was then taken on strenght in March 1916. At this point he was transfered to the 18th Shorncliffe 12th reserve battalion in France on May 7 1916. On May 8 1916 he was taken on strenght to the 18th Canadian Battalion. May 31 1916 Fred proceded to join his unit in the field. On Oct 1 1916 fred was wounded in the right thigh by shrapnel and was sent to the 2nd Scottish General Hospital in Edinburgh to have the troublsome piece removed. He spent 54 days in recovery before being sent to the Kings Canadian Red Cross conv hospital on Nov 30th 1916. Upon admission it was noted "small boils around the wound". On Dec 13th Fred was sent to the Canadian Conv hospital in Epsom before being discharged on Jan 3 1917.(It was noted on Dec 14th 1916 that while his wound was healed, 40pcs of shrapnel still remain in his leg.)
Jan 3 1917 he was transfered to the 4th reserve battalion in Hastings. March 7th 1917, Fred was taken on strenght to the 4th reserve battalion in Bramshott. May 10th 1917 he was sent on strenght to the 18th battalion in France.
On June 16-1917 Fred finally rejoined his unit in the field in the town of Barlin, France.
Just over 2 months later on Aug-19-1917 Fred Binns was reported Killed In Action near the town of Lens in Northern France.