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BONETTE Francis Leonard David

Service number 1890

Francis Leonard David Bonette returned to Australia on 16thJune 1919. Discharged on 30thDecember 1919. On 7th July 1915 David married Elsie Maisie Fairthorne; in 1923 a divorce was granted, David gave his address as Bull & Mouth Hotel, Bourke Street, Melbourne describing himself as a Military Pensioner. In 1924 David Bonette was residing at “Holm Park”, Beaconsfield; he listed his occupation as student.

In 1933 L David Bonette Esq, “Holm Park” wrote and requested names from the war office to organise a reunion. David Bonette assisted Ada Armytage with her functions which included charity balls, debutante balls, fundraisers and the boy scouts. David lived at “Holm Park” until the death of Ada Armytage; he then resided at 18 Teak Street, Caulfield, occupation Soldier as he re-enlisted for WWII. Died on the 5thApril 1954 at Parkville, Victoria. Cremated on the 7thApril 1954 at Fawkner Cemetery.

The Argus (7thOctober 1918)

“Reported wounded with a gunshot wound to the left knee, Cpl D. Bonette, Clifton Hill.”

The Argus (8th April 1954)

“Death Notice.

David Bonette loved brother of Herbert (dec), Eileen (Mrs Jones) and Leo.”

Name BONETTE, Francis Leonard David
Service Number 1890
Rank Private
Roll 3 Reinforcements, 21st Battalion
Conflict First World War 1914-1918
Embarked 26thAugust 1915
City Melbourne
Ship Unknown, destination Cairo
Age 19 years
Birth Place 1895, Federal Palace Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria
Father James Herbert Bonette, Federal Palace Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria
Mother Molly Anastacis (O’Loughlan) Bonette
Religion Church of England
Occupation Chemistry student
Residence 97 Hodgkinson Street, Clifton Hill, Victoria
Enlisted 21stJune 1915
Height 5 feet, 6½ inches
Complexion Sallow; Eyes- Blue/Grey; Hair- Dark Brown