Thomas Parry Bonham

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Captain Thomas Parry Bonham, Royal Navy (31 March, 1873 – 31 May, 1916) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Bonham entered Britannia in January, 1886 after placing first, by a margin of 103 points (1543 to 1440) over his next competitor in order of merit of the forty candidates for naval cadetship that were accepted for acceptance following a round of examinations in late November, 1885.[1]

From April, 1901 to June, 1904, he served as a Senior Staff Officer in the torpedo training school H.M.S. Vernon.

He was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1909.[2]

He was appointed in command of the second class protected cruiser Naiad for service with the Minelayer Squadron of Second Fleet on 20 August, 1912.[3]

On 11 February, 1914, Bonham was appointed Inspecting Captain of Mine Sweeping Vessels.[4]

On 22 January, 1916, he was appointed as captain of the armoured cruiser Black Prince.[5] He was killed along with his entire crew when she was destroyed in night fighting at the Battle of Jutland.

Bibliography

  • "Fallen Officers" (Obituaries). The Times. Saturday, 10 June, 1916. Issue 41190, col D, pg. 8.

Service Record

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Wilmot S. Nicholson
Captain of H.M. T.B. 77
11 Jul, 1893 – c. mid Aug, 1893[Inference]
Succeeded by
Alan C. Bruce
Preceded by
John Luce
Captain of H.M.S. Hecla
19 Oct, 1910[6][7]
Succeeded by
Francis G. St. John
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Blonde
28 Apr, 1911[8] – 14 Nov, 1911[9]
Succeeded by
Colin Mackenzie
Preceded by
Algernon W. Heneage
Captain of H.M.S. Naiad
20 Aug, 1912[10] – 11 Feb, 1914[11]
Succeeded by
Mervyn H. Cobbe
Preceded by
Richard M. Harbord
Inspecting Captain of Mine Sweeping Vessels
11 Feb, 1914[12] – 22 Jan, 1916[13]
Succeeded by
Marcus F. B. Whyte
Preceded by
James D. Dick
Captain of H.M.S. Black Prince
22 Jan, 1916[14] – 1 Jun, 1916
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
 

Footnotes

  1. "Cadetships In The Navy." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Dec 05, 1885; pg. 8; Issue 31622.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 28263. p. 4857. 25 June, 1909.
  3. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 347.
  4. Bonham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43.
  5. Bonham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 295.
  6. Bonham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43.
  7. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 324.
  8. Bonham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43.
  9. Bonham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43.
  10. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 347.
  11. Bonham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43.
  12. Bonham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43.
  13. Bonham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43.
  14. Bonham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 295.