Thomas Parry Bonham

From The Dreadnought Project
Jump to: navigation, search

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
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.