On this day 7th August 1917

4307/241442 Pte Isaiah Bonner from Clay Cross was killed in action aged 26

Isaiah Bonner enlisted in June 1915 and arrived in France in 1916. He was killed during a German gas bombardment of the trenches held by the 1/6th Battalion in the evening of the 7/8th August.


Isaiah is buried with a number of other North Midland Territorials who were killed in the trenches during August 19174307 I Bonner Plaque

Isaiah Bonner

7.8.1017 St Elie Sector: 

  • 2/Lt W JACKSON joined Battn from England.
  • Capt (T Maj) R Evans (6th South Staffs) posted to Battalion (and transfered to 1/4th Leicestershire Regiment in May 1918).
Authors note: Both W Jackson and R Evans are difficult men to identify, but possibilities are:- 

Captain Robert Evans WO374/23140

1/6th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694]

6/7 Aug: Quiet days – weather gradually improving.

7/8 Aug: Our right sub sector heavily bombed by gas from trench mortars during the night. Our casualties very slight.

139 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters War Diary [WO95/2692]

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