Peter  Bonner's Memorial

Peter Bonner
(1943 - 1966)


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Name: Mr Peter Bonner
Gender: Male
Age: 22 years old
Lived: Tuesday, 24 August 1943 - Wednesday, 2 February 1966

My Story

Peter William Bonner was born 22 Augus 1943, in Johannesburg South Africia.  His family moved to New Zealand in 1953.  He was one of 4 boys.

I met  Peter on the Limited Auckland to Wellington train, in December 1964.  He was travelling back to Waiouru from leave.  M girlfriend and I were going on holiday to Christchurch. We swapped addresses.  We wrote for a while.  I went to his 21st in Mount Maunganui.  I don't think his mother liked me but his father and I got on real well. Then he decided to go to Malaya for the emergency there. In November 1965. He left for Malaya. I gave him a travel clock and a picture, so he wouldn't forget me.  His father Robert died a few weeks after he left, which must have been hard for him.  We wrote a few letters, then he must have been too busy with someone else, because he never wrote again.  Afew months later I received a parcel and a beautifully written letter from his mother informing me that Peter had died in an accident in Terendak Camp, Malaya.  At 19 this didn't really sink in, except I lost my soldier.
I did think about him off and on over the years until 2002.  I was in the Waiouru Museum and I started getting messages in my head. Peter was asking me to do things.  I sent out letters to all the Bonner's listed in he Bay of Plenty and one lady name Joyce wrote back.  She was Peter's sister-in-law.  Her husband was Peter's older brother, had died and the 2 remaining brothers had died, like Peter in accidents.  Poor mother was left without her 4 sons or husband. 

I helped Joyce get a Pinjat medal for Peter, and I know 'he' was happy with that.  I asked my mother what he looked like because I didn't have a picture of him. She said he was 'nice, loud, with brown hair.  I have joined te Malayan Vets in Manurewa in hopes of getting a photo.  I got his grave photo from Commonwealth graves.

I feel that when I wear Peter's medal tomorrow (ANZAC Day in New Zealand 2009) and have included a small picture of his grave on the Dawn Service programmes, Peter will be there in Pukekohe with us.
Peter you have not been forgotten.  You may not have died as a hero in the emergency but you died in service and are buried in a Commonwealth Cemetry there in Terendak.  You are on the Linton Roll of Honour board for 1RNZIR.  I left a poppy there and on the Auckland War Memorial Hall of Tears board.
You will not be forgotten.
Love from me

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Fathers Name: Robert Bonner
Mothers Name: Edith Spooner
Country of Birth: South Africa
Country of Residence: New Zealand
City of Residence: Raglan
Occupation: Other
Marital Status: Single
Religion: Anglican



Place of Passing: Terendak Camp, Malaysia
Date of Passing: 2 February 1966
Cause of Passing: Head wounds
Type of Funeral: Burial
Place of Burial: Terendak Camp
Funeral Location: Malaysia
Funeral Date: 4 February 1966
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