Search the known records to date of those lost from the wider Alnwick area in World War 1 - generally showing where they are commemorated, when they died and some basic facts about each person. There are gaps, however, so if you can fill in any missing details do please contact us using the form below.

Charles Edward Bonnier

Photo:
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Service No:
M2/116833

Rank:
Private

Regiment:
Army Service Corps, 388th Mechanical Transport Company

Died:
22/12/1916

Aged:
(unknown)

Commemorated / Buried:
Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery

Service History:
Enlisted at London.

Extract from the 'Alnwick and County Gazette', Saturday 6 January 1917:

'STAFF DRIVER C. BONNIER: Mr & Mrs C. W. Bonnier, Walkergate, Alnwick, have received official news that their eldest son, Staff Driver Charles Bonnier, of the Royal Army Service Corps, died in hospital in France on the 22nd December, the result of injuries received while on duty. Staff Driver Bonnier served his apprenticeship with Messrs Reavell Brothers, ironmongers, Alnwick, but afterwards his attention was devoted to motor driving, & was chauffeur for Mr. Stobbart, of Selaby Hall, Darlington. Ultimately he enlisted in the Royal Army Service Corps & at the front became attached to Headquarters Staff. He was highly esteemed by his officers, & much sympathy is felt for his bereaved parents, who have another son serving with the colour, & one in training in Australia.'
(Source: David Pullan [June 2014])

Background:
Born 1882 at Glanton, the son of Charles & Catherine Bonnier. His father was born in Sweden &, in 1901, he was employed as a market gardener. Charles jnr. had 2 younger brothers & 2 older sisters. The family at this time were recoded as residing at Walkergate, Alnwick. Charles jnr. was then employed as an ironmonger's apprentice at a shop in Alnwick (Reavell Brothers). He is then later recorded in the 1911 Census as being single living in a two-roomed flat at the Stable Block, Selaby Hall, Gainford, Co. Durham & was employed as a domestic chuaffeur by Mr. Frank Stobbart who lived there & was a colliery owner. (Source: David Pullan [June 2014])

Local memorial:
Alnwick War Memorial