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BONNER – John 69th Regiment

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69th Regiment
NameBONNER – John
Regiment (s)69th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1102
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
19th September 1836 / 17 years  / Rochester Kent England
Description – Height
5 Ft 5¼ in
Fair / Hazel / Light Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationWest Indies – 1 year 2 months
British North America – 3 years 6 months
Mediterranean – 3 months
Length of Service 14 years 105 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 13th January 1852 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Not yet known
Pension Districts1852 1st Cork
1855 -1878 Western Australia
1882-3 Cork, Ireland
Pension Paid6d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
16th April 1855 Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
 ADELAIDE 18th July 1855
Date/Place of Birthc1819 St Mary’s Athlone Westmeath Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage1st October 1843, Mullingar Westmeath Ireland
Children by 1st WifeFrances Amelia B c1846 England
bap 12th April 1846 Drypool Yorkshire England new line
M Mulligan Patrick (1838-1912) 1868
D 10th March 1905 Fremantle Western Australia
bur Karrakatta Cemetery RC AC 0042 Western Australia
Ralph Albert B Portsmouth Hampshire England October 1848
Bp 8th October 1848 St. Thomas, Portsmouth Hampshire England
D Malta bur 17th March 1850
Mary Jane B Malta 14th January 1850
bap Malta 27th January 1850
bap 26th December 1857 Perth Western Australia
M BROWN Thomas 1874 Fremantle Western Australia
M BOOTH John 1885 Fremantle Western Australia
D 1886 Fremantle Western Australia
John Joseph B 10th October 1852 place unknown
bap 17th April 1858 Perth Western Australia
D 25th April 1884 Perth Western Australia
Thomas Samuel B 12th November 1854
Bp 14th January 1855 Cathedral Church of Sts Mary & Boniface Plymouth, Devon, England
M WATKINS Emma 1883 Perth Western Australia
D 23rd January 1934 Perth WA
Ralph Nathaniel Josephus B 23rd January 1861 Perth Western Australia
bap 2nd February 1861 Perth Western Australia
D 5th March 1927 Serpentine Western Australia
bur Karrakatta Cemetery Anglican VC 0205 Western Australia
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette & Independent Journal 22nd July 1859 page 3 Drunken  conduct of Jane Bonner (There are many newspaper reports of both John and Jane’s drunken behaviour)
Perth Gazette & Independent Journal 5th August 1859
The Inquirer & Commercial News Wednesday 11th December 1878 page 4 Death of Jane Bonner
Western Mail Saturday 22 April 1905 page 48 Probate Frances Amelia Mulligan
Daily News Friday 25 April 1884 page 3 Death of son John Bonner
Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 23rd January 1878 page 1
Departure from Western
5th January 1878 departure of “General” Bonner for London on the Charlotte Padbury (Tentative)
Date/Place of Death/BurialOctober – December quarter 1883 A John C. Bonner died in Cork Ireland (Tentative)
Date/Place of Death/Burial
22nd November 1878 Guildford Road Perth Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationNewspaper accounts often refer to this man as “General” Bonner. He was a heavy drinker but appeared to become a teetotaler in the 1870s.

British Army Worldwide Index
1841 location Fredericton Canada
1851 location Malta
Discharge due to lumbago and general debility.
Newspaper accounts often refer to this man as “General” Bonner. He was a heavy drinker but appeared to become a teetotaller in the 1870s.
Between January 1882 and March 1883 Cork Pension district show him as an in-patient Cork Asylum. Some information Discharge document records John applied to the WO for an increase in Pension in 1878, however, it appears it was not granted as all documents in Cork to March 1883 still show pension at 6d per diem.
14th May 1884 Thomas Samuel Bonner, Police constable, applied for letters of administration for the estate of John Joseph Bonner who had died intestate 26th April 1884 Bannister WA.