William Thomas BONNER


BONNER, William Thomas

Service Number: 747
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 1st Australian Horse
Born: Rylstone, New South Wales, Australia, 9 March 1876
Home Town: Rylstone, Mid-Western Regional, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Stockman
Died: Killed in Action, Glen Siding, South Africa, 28 March 1900, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Rylstone Boer War Memorial
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Trooper, SN 747, 1st Australian Horse

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

William Bonner of the 1st Australian Horse was the first local death from Rylstone NSW during the Boer War. Anecdotal evidence suggests he was killed by shrapnel while riding alongside his brother Jack, at a place near Gen Siding in South Africa. His brother Jack (John) Bonner enlisted again for the First World War but died of measles in the Liverpool camp not long after enlisting, on 15 October 1915 age 41. From the Boer War enlistment files William Thomas Bonner was given the regimental number 912 and his brother John the number 747 but these seem to have become confused.