Binnie; William Bryce (1886-1963); Major; architect
The information in the above entry has been used with kind permission given by Gavin Stamp, author of Silent Cities (London: Royal Institute of British Architects, 1977).
Other sources include: The Edinburgh Gazette, 23rd October 1916, Issue 13001, Pg. 1884;
William Bryce Binnie FRIBA was a Scottish architect.
He was born on 1 July 1886. He was articled to Robert Alexander Bryden from 1904 until 1906 and then was an assistant to John James Burnet from 1906 until 1908. Binnie studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1908 to 1910 where he was awarded a Gold Medal and a travelling scholarship to Italy. Binnie worked in the office of Warren & Wetmore, New York from 1911 until 1913..
During the First World War, he served with the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) as a Major. In 1916, He was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry in action. In 1919, Binnie was appointed Assistant Architect to the Imperial War Graves Commission and then, in 1920, as Deputy Director of Works, supervising the erection of war cemeteries and memorials in France, Belgium and Germany. He designed the Memorial to the Missing at Nieuport, Belgium (sculpture by Charles Sargeant Jagger). He left the Commission on 30th September 1928.
Binnie died in 1963. In a letter to Gavin Stamp (12 September 1977), Wilfred Clement Von Berg, one of Binnie's assistant architects, described Binnie as 'an aggressive little Scotsman'.
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