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Philip BONHOTO

Regimental number4445
SchoolState School, Smithton, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBank clerk
AddressSmithton, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Mr E Bonhoto, Smithton, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 8 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll52nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 12 September 1916

Bar to MM


Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal.
Recommendation date: 12 April 1918

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularName given on RoH circular as Phillip BONHOTE. Awarded the Military Medal and the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
FateKilled in Action 24 April 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Surname BONHOTE
Place of death or woundingVillers-Bretonneux, France.
Date of death24 April 1918
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
154
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Ernest and Louisa Jane BONHOTE, Smithton, Tasmania. Born at Forest, Circular Head, Tasmania
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When a neighbouring company had lost all its officers and nearly all its non-commissioned officers, he reorganized the leaderless men and maintained the defence, inspiring them by his example of cheerful courage, while, by fine leadership, he materially assisted to hold the line at a critical period.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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