Bernard Bond

Bernard Bond was born in South Leverton, Nottinghamshire on 30 May 1882.

He was the son of the Samuel and Emily Kate Bond.

His father, the Rev Samuel Bond, was Principal of Bolton Church Institute from 1888 to 1896 and lived at 3 Westwood Road, Bolton.

Bernard attended Bolton Church Institute from 3 September 1888.

His sisters Agnes (1888-91) and Mary (1888-96) and his brother Basil Kendall (1893-6) all attended the School.

He appears on the 1901 Census as a bank clerk living with his parents at Woodborough Vicarage, Nottinghamshire.

By 1911 he was a commercial traveller for a tobacco manufacturer.

Bernard married Eleanor Jarvis in Bedford in 1910

Their son Geoffrey was born in 1911 and daughter Barbara in 1912.

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Bernard's War

Bernard was commissioned in March 1916 in the 11th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment).

He went to France in 1916. His Battalion took part in several major engagements during the Battle of the Somme.

He was probably wounded during the battle of Pozieres which began on 23 July. He died of his wounds on 2 August and was buried at Warloy Baillon with many other casualties from the northern part of the Somme front.

His name is on the War Memorial of St Mary's Parish Church, Lowdham, Nottinghamshire and also on the Village War Memorial..

His brother, Rev Basil Kendall Bond, was a Chaplain in the Essex Regiment. He served at Gallipoli in 1915 and in the Middle East, was twice Mentioned in Despatches and was awarded the Military Cross in 1918. He continued to serve through the 1920s.

Bernard's only son, the Rev Geoffrey Bond, died in Libya, north Africa on 21 March 1942 while serving as an Army Chaplain 4th Class during the Second World War.


Nottingham Evening Post
7 August 1916


LIEUT. B. Bond

News has reached Mrs.Bond, of Lowdham, that her husband, Lieut. Bernard Bond, of the Sherwood Foresters, died of wounds on August 2nd. Lieut. Bond, who was 33 years of age (sic.), was in the service of Messrs. John Player and Sons, Limited, as a traveller for twelve years, prior to volunteering his service on the outbreak of war. Having received training under Captain Trotman in the Nottingham O.T.C., he was granted a commission in the Sherwoods about 18 months ago, and went to the front with a draft early this year. The deceased officer was the son of the Rev. Samuel Bond, who was vicar of Woodborough for 16 years.

Roll Of Honour

Bond - On the 2nd inst, from wounds received in action on July 31st Lieut. Bernard Bond Sherwood Foresters Beloved Husband of Eleanor Bond, Lowdham Aged 34 Years.



Bernard Bond


11th Battalion
Sherwood Foresters
(Notts and Derby Regiment)

Born: Nottinghamshire 30 May 1882

Died: France 2 August 1916

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