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Bonser, Geoffrey Alwyn Gershom

Captain Geoffrey Alwys Gershom Bonser, the only son of Mr. G. G. Bonser, J.P. killed in action on St. Michael's Day, was born February 3rd, 1889. He was educated at Brighton College and at King's School, Worcester, where he held an honorary scholarship, subsequently proceeding to Cambridge where he graduated with honours in the Natural Sciences Tripos in 1910. He then entered St. Thomas's Hospital, and took the diplomas of M.R.C.S. and. L.R.C.P. in 1914. He was about to sit for his third M.B., second part, at Cambridge, when he joined up and was appointed to the Eastern General Hospital at Cambridge. He was gazetted captain on April 25th, 1916, and proceeded to Egypt, where he served under General Allenby through Palestine. In May the regiment was moved to France, and in July he had his first home leave, during which he was married. His colonel wrote: "He was killed instantaneously by a shell while attending the wounded .... He is a great loss to the battalion, and from all those who knew him I have heard nothing but words of praise." His tastes were literary and metaphysical, with a passionate love of music. During his time at St. Thomas's he edited the hospital Gazette and he was engaged in developing "a system of dualistic philosophy," as well as writing many essays and poems. British Medical Journal 19 October 1918


First name(s)Geoffrey Alwyn Gershom
Date of birth3 February 1889
Place of birthMansfield District
Family detailsSon of George Gershom Bonser and Dorothy A. Mary Bonser, of "Kirkstede" Church St, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottingham
Previous educationBrighton College; King's School, Worcester; St. John's College, Cambridge
CollegeSt Thomas' Hospital
Dates at college1911-1914
Dept / course2nd M.B.
Qualifications1st M.B. age 21 yrs 11/12 (Cambridge) M.R.C.S.. L.R.C.P. 1914; B.A. St. John's College, Cambridge.
Military unitR.A.M.C.; Norfolk Regiment, attd. 12th Bn.
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
CampaignsEgypt, France & Flanders
Date of death29 September 1918
Age at death29
Rank at deathCaptain
Cause of deathKilled in action
Burial placeStrand Military Cemetery, Belgium
Commemoration(s)King's School, Worcester War Memorial; St. John's College, Cambridge Roll of Honour; St. Thomas's Roll of Honour
SourcesSt Thomas's Hospital Medical School Records, King's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; British Medical Journal

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