image from 1916 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper.
Born: 25th September 1890, Great Barton, Suffolk.
Died: 16th September 1916; age 26; KiA- in the great advance – during the Battle of Flers- Courcelette.
Residence: Camden Road, Ipswich.
Enlistment in the Royal Navy: Location: Chatham; Date: 9th August 1912; Occupation: Footman. Height: 5ft 6 ins, sallow complexion, grey eyes & dark brown hair. Tattoo – Heart on left arm.
Blenheim – 9th August 1912 – 30th September 1913.
Egmont II – 1st October 1913 – 16th February 1914 – 20 days detention – drunk.
Egmont II – 27th October 1914 – 31st March 1914.
Blenheim – 10th April 1914 – 10th May 1914.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich – 1914.
Served at the Battle of Loos.
Date of Entry Therein: 31st August 1915 – France.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 15418.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 9th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.
Pier & Face 1C & 2A.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Charles Bond, of 124, Camden Road, Ipswich & the late Alice Bond; husband of Elizabeth May Robinson (formerly Bond), of Earls Green, Bacton, Suffolk.
1891 by the fen, Roydon, Norfolk.
Charles was a year old and living with his parents.
Charles David Bond, 30, a Gardener, born Roydon, Norfolk.
Alice Agnes Bond (nee Goose), 31, born Tasburgh, Norfolk.
1901 Fairfield House, North Entrance, Saxmundham, Suffolk.
Charles was 11 years old and living with his parents & brother.
Charles, 40, a Gardener & Caretaker.
James Bertram Bond, 7, born Bramford, Suffolk.
1911 Copenhagen Cottage, Bramford, Suffolk.
Charles was 21 years old, a Footman – Domestic. He was living with his parents.
Charles, 42, a Gardener – Domestic.
In 1915, Ipswich, Charles married Elizabeth May Jacobs, born January 1890, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Elizabeth M. Bond – widow.
Charles is also remembered on the headstone of his parents, brother & sister-in-law, at Ipswich Old Cemetery, Ipswich. ST. BARTHOLOMEW’S CHURCH WAR MEMORIAL, Ipswich.
The Battle of Flers- Courcelette September 1916
Following an attack on the 13th the 9th Battalion under heavy machine gun fire in the “Quadrilateral” sector took on a German outpost gaining 400 yards of open ground, with no further forward movement dug in. on the 15th the offensive resumed after 3 days of heavy bombardment. During the battle tanks were used.
The 9th Battalion moved forward on the 16th in support of the 9th Norfolk Regiment zero hour at 06:20 advancing an hour and a half later under heavy machine gun fire making it difficult to make any headway. At 08:30 a.m. Lieut.-Colonel Mack the commanding officer moved his headquarters to the front-line trench, while observing the attack was hit by machine gun fire and killed passing the command to his Adjutant. C.Allerton. The attack then stalled and the men dug in under now heavy German artillery. 12 officers were killed or wounded 35 ranks killed and 93 wounded. Over all the division for this battle took upwards of 3500 casualties.
Suffolk Regiment, 9th Battalion: