Philip (Phil) BONHOTE DCM, MM



Service Number: 4445
Enlisted: 19 October 1915, Claremont, Tasmania
Last Rank: Company Sergeant Major
Last Unit: 52nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Forest, Circular Head, Tasmania, 22 November 1893
Home Town: Smithton, Circular Head, Tasmania
Schooling: Smithton State School
Occupation: Bank Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, Villers-Bretonnuex, France, 24 April 1918, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Adelaide Cemetery Villers-Bretonneux
(III. R. 4.) Adelaide Cemetery Villers-Bretonneux, France. Although Philip Bonhote has a grave in Adelaide Cemetery it is denoted with the term ' Believed To Be' meaning that although no positive identification could be achieved there is enough reasonable doubt to suggest that the body buried there is that of Philip Bonhote. However, because a 100% match could not be made his name is also listed on the Australian National War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Stanley War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
Show Relationships

World War 1 Service

19 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Claremont, Tasmania
8 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4445, 12th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
8 Feb 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4445, 12th Infantry Battalion,

--- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Warilda embarkation_ship_number: A69 public_note: 'Name incorrectly recorded on original roll as: "Bonhoto, Philip"'

5 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Company Sergeant Major, SN 4445, 52nd Infantry Battalion, Dernancourt/Ancre
24 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Company Sergeant Major, SN 4445, 52nd Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux

Distinguished Conduct Medal Citation

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.


Recently Mr. Bonhote received word that his son, Philip, had been awarded the military medal. Since then he has received a card which Major General Cox sent to 'Phil' congratulating him on his bravery in his capacity of runner near Mouquet Farm. Expressions like the above are extremely gratifying to the relatives of Philip Bonhote, and one and all join, in expressing the hope that he may be spared to enjoy for many years his highly-won honour.

The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tasmania), Tuesday 5 December 1916.

Showing 2 of 2 stories


Company Sergeant Major Philip Bonhote of Tasmania, was a member of the 52nd Battalion which was a composite WA / SA / TAS Battalion and part of the 13th Brigade. Aged just 25, he had already been awarded  awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and Military Medal, when his luck ran out on the evening of 24th April 1918 when the 13th Brigade made a counter-attack against the German Spring Offensive at Villers-Bretonnuex.  The headstone is marked "Believed to Be" meaning the remains were not able to be positively identified as his. He is therefore also listed on the Australian National War Memorial at Villers-Bretonnuex.


"Killed in Action. SERGEANT PHIL. BONHOTE.

Quite a gloom was cast over Smithton on Friday when the news was disseminated that Company Sergt.-Major Phil Bonhote had been killed in action. Phil was a popular young man, and was on the staff of the National Bank of Tasmania when he enlisted. He had been some years on active service, and won the Military Medal some time ago for bravery in the field of battle. He was a son of Mr. E. Bonhote (of Smithton) and brother of Miss F. Bonhote (of Melbourne), for whom much sympathy is felt." - from the Stanley Circular Head Chronicle 15 May 1918 (