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George Edward BONNEY

Regimental number44
Place of birthUnley, South Australia
SchoolParkside Public School, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPrinter's machinist
AddressCroydon Road, Keswick, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation37
Height5' 5"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Florence Mabel Bonney, Croydon Road, Keswick, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 July 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Date of death19 July 1916
Age at death41
Age at death from cemetery records41
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 5), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
120
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Eliza Johanna BONNEY; husband of Florence Mabel COOK (formerly BONNEY), 27 Henley Beach Road, Mile End, South Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Admitted to No 8 Field Ambulance, Moascar, 10 June 1916 (influenza); discharged and rejoined unit, 12 June 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 19 July 1916

Statement, Red Cross File No 450703, 53 Lance Corporal M. BROWN, 32nd Bn (patent, Convalescent Camp, Rouen), 7 February 1917: 'He went over the parapet close to me on the date mentioned at Fromelles and was killed before he had gone more than a few yards. He was one of the 1st men killed. He is buried in the Cemetery at Fromelles and a cross with his name on it is erected over the grave.'

Second statement, 102 Pte C. HAINES, 32nd Bn (patient, 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, England), 3 February 1917: 'Informant states that on July 21st. 1916 at Fleurbaix he saw Bonney's dead body, he had been killed by a shell on the night of July 19-20. He was to be buried in the Cemetery near.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BONNEY George Edward
Red Cross file 450703

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