James Bonner

James Bonner was born in Temple Bruer in 1887. By 1901 his parents John and Elizabeth (nee Baumber) had moved to Guildford Lane, Brant Broughton, where John was working as a groom. By 1911 John and James were both builders’ labourers, working for Mr Robertson.

In 1911 James volunteered for the Territorial Army, joining 8th battalion, Notts. and Derbys. Regiment (Sherwood Foresters).  He sailed to France with B Company of 8th battalion in Feb 2015 and went into the front line on the Ypres salient.  He was killed by a grenade two months later, on 24th April 1915.   He is buried in Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, south of Ypres.

His siblings were:

  • John (1883-1975)
  • William (1884-1951)
  • Mary Elizabeth (1888-1973)
  • Charles (1890-1966)
  • Ada (1893-1977)
  • Ann (1897-1984)

In 1919 John was 36 and living in Long Bennington; William (34) was a grocery shop assistant in Newhall, Derbyshire; Charles (29) was a sapper with the Royal Engineers in France; Mary was married to Joseph Pailing in Brant Broughton whilst Ada and Ann were at home in Brant Broughton.

James Bonner