|Place of birth||Woolwich, England|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Age at embarkation||25|
|Next of kin||Father, E W Bonham, 191 Elizabeth Street, Woolwich, England|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||5th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/22/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||5th Battalion|
|Other details from Roll of Honour Circular||Enlisted 3 July 1915 - 5th Bn, 11th Reinforcements. Taken on strength, 5th Bn, 22 February 1916. Wounded at Pozieres, 25 July 1916, and again, 17 August 1916.|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Menin Road sector, Ypres, Belgium|
|Age at death||27|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), Belgium
The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.
The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.
Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Admitted to Abbassia Detention Barracks, 17 January 1916; discharged to duty, 22 January 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 6 days. Admitted to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 3 February 1916 (dental); taken on strength, 5th Bn, 22 February 1916.
Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 25 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 30 March 1916.
Wounded in action, 25 July 1916 (shell shock); admitted to 14th Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 26 July 1916 (shell shock and burned inside mouth by flare); rejoined unit, 3 August 1916.
Wounded in action, 17 August 1916 (shell shock); admitted to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 19 August 1916; transferred to No. 7 Convalescent Depot, 22 August 1916; taken on strength, 58th Bn, 11 October 1916.
Admitted to 15th Australian Field Ambulance, 27 November 1916 (exhaustion); discharged to unit, 5 December 1916. Transferred to 5th Bn, 8 January 1917.
Admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance, 23 February 1917 (trench feet); transferred to 1st Australian Divisional Rest Station, 23 February 1917; to 45th Casualty Clearing Station, 28 February 1917; to 6th General Hospital, 20 March 1917; to Base Details, 9 April 1917; rejoined unit, 10 May 1917.
Killed in action, 20 September 1917. Buried about 300 yards SW of Glecorse Wood.
Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory MedalSubsequent to enlistment married Mrs B.M. Bonham, 6 Cameron Street, New Beckton, Essex, England.