James Bonner was the son of George and Rose Hannah Bonner of Kates Hill. He was an early volunteer for the Worcesters and joined the 9th (Service) Battalion. After training at Blackdown they went to Avonmouth to embark for the Gallipoli campaign. The first landings in April had not achieved control over the peninsula and the Staffords were among reinforcements landing at Suvla Bay. The Turks were caught by surprise and the landing was achieved successfully, Attempte to gain the higher land like Chocolate Hill failed and the Turkish counter-attacks on the 9th and 10th August were overwhelming. Private James Bonner was killed on the 10th August and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial and the Dudley and Kates Hill Memorials.
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