Frederick Binnington was born in 1886 and lived in a house on Printing Office Street behind his father’s popular furniture shop Sheard, Binnington & Co. His father, a cabinet maker ran the business with his partner George Sheard.
Frederick joined the company in 1911 on the retirement of his father. His colleague, Arthur Sheard, had joined on the death of his father in 1909. Both men were to serve in the war, Frederick in the Royal Naval Air Service and Arthur in the York and Lancaster Regiment.
Frederick joined up in December 1916 and served as an Air Mechanic. He survived the war and was awarded the British War Medal. He went back to the business and remained there until his death in 1936.