Frederick William Bonfield

Name

Frederick William Bonfield

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

17/02/1918
26

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
61927
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
23rd Bn.

Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial

REGINA TRENCH CEMETERY, GRANDCOURT
VII.B.6
France

UK Memorials

Brent Pelham Village Memorial
Not on the Letchworth memorials

Pre War

Born Noden, Cambs., son of Wilfred Benjamin Bonfield and Lizzie (nee Moule). Birth registered in Q1 1891 at Royston, and baptized at Kelshall on 3rd May 1891. 1891 census shows Frederick William, aged 3 weeks, living with parents in Guilden Morden, Cambs. His mother Lizzie died 1896, and in the 1901 census he appears, aged 10, at his maternal grandparent’s home in Kelshall. In the 1911 census, he is boarding at Knight’s Hill, Westmill, aged 20, and working as a groom, presumably at Brent Pelham, though SDITGW records him living in Letchworth when he enlisted in Bishops Stortford.

Wartime Service

Enlisted at Bishops Stortford (SDITGW). Killed in action while serving in the 23rd battalion Royal Fusiliers. The Regina Trench cemetery contains 286 men who died on 17th February 1916, of whom 121 were from the Royal Fusiliers. On that day, the battalion

Additional Information

Incorrectly recorded as ‘Bondfield’ on the Brent Pelham memorial.

Medal Rolls Index card shows he was initially enlisted as a private in the East Surrey Regiment, (service no. 2751) transferring later to the Royal Fusiliers. Awarded British and Victory medals. No enlistment or service records appear to survive.

Acknowledgments

Dr Stephen Bratt