Name: Petty Officer John William Bonser K/7761
Date of Birth: 2.4.1892
Parents: The Nook, Anstey
John: 64, Rochdale Road, Harpurhey, Manchester
Parents Names: Thomas Bonser (Shoe Riveter) and Elizabeth (Shoe Machinist)
Occupation before the war: Stoker in the Royal Navy
Elizabeth b 1881 | Florence b 1883 | Kate b 1886 | Thomas b 1890 | Eliza b 1897 |
Date Died: 2.8.18
Place of Death: (At sea) The North Sea
Place of Burial/Memorial: Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hants
Cause of death: Drowned when HMS Ariel hit a mine and sank in less than an hour.
Regiment: Royal Navy
Any other information (e.g. Service Record/ appearance etc)
- John married Jessie Peace in the last quarter of 1913.
- When he dies his wife’s address was given as: The Common, Barwell, Hinckley, Leics.
- John enlisted into the Royal Navy to serve a 12 year engagement on the 19th July 1910 and was allocated the service number K/7761 in Portsmouth, Hants.
- His medical examination recorded that he was 5 foot 3½ inches in height, had a chest measurement of 37¼ inches and had dark brown hair and blue eyes; his complexion was described as sallow. It was noted that he had a broken dagger and clasped hands tattooed on the back of his right forearm, and a snake and tree on his left forearm, he gave his trade or calling as a bootmaker’s apprentice.
- On 2 August, HMS Ariel was laying mines in the western end of the Heligoland Bight. The destroyer Vehement sank after striking a German mine and then in attempting to exit the minefield, Ariel lost her bow and sank in less than an hour.] 49 lives were lost including her commanding officer, Lieutenant Frank A Rothera.