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Robert John Bonniface

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert John AWMM
  • Surname
    Bonniface AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ4311033 AWMM
    • WWII 4311033 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    25 May 1924 RNZAF Biographies (R17845608) RNZAF Biographies (R17845608)
  • Date of birth
    b. 1924 Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 22 June 2023 -
  • Place of birth
    Auckland Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 22 June 2023 -
  • Birth notes
    Son of Harry Arnold and Theresa Bonniface of Gisborne Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 22 June 2023 -
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs T. Bonniface, Kaiti, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Mother: Mrs. T. Bonniface of Gisborne AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Single/WWII AWMM
    • Single Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 22 June 2023 -


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ4311033 AWMM
    • WWII 4311033 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died from Natural Causes, Cause of Death AWMM
    Died on active service AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Robert Bonniface was the son of Flight Sergeant Harry Arnold Bonniface who died on active service 3 August 1944. His mother was Theresa Bonniface.

    New Zealand Herald reported on 14 May 1945 that Robert Bonniface died of natural causes. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    8 May 1945 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Taruheru Cemetery, Nelson Road, Gisborne District, New Zealand AWMM 11.13 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    A.C.I R. J. BONNIFACE The sudden death is reported of Aircraftman I Robert John Bonniface. at the age of 21. Aircraftman Bonniface had only recently completed leave in Gisborne. Deep sympathy will be extended to his mother, sisters and brothers in their bereavement. Aircraftman Bonniface was born in Auckland and as a child came to Gisborne with his parents. He received his education at the Kaiti and Rakauroa schools, later taking up farming, in which occupation he was engaged when entering service with the army. He remained in the army some time before transferring to the air force. His father. Flight-Sergeant H. Bonniface, died last year from injuries received in a street accident. To mourn their loss he leaves his mother, two brothers, Messrs. Rex and Harry Bcrmiface, Gisborne, and three sisters, Mrs. J. Breingan, Miss Heather Bonniface, a member of the W.A.A.F., and Miss Betty Bonniface, Gisborne. Following the service in Cochrane’s chapel, William street, at 11 a.m. today, the funeral will leave for the soldiers’ plot at the Taruheru cemetery. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 22 June 2023 - GISBORNE HERALD, VOLUME LXXII, ISSUE 21709, 10 MAY 1945, PAGE 3
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  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Gisborne First World War Memorial, The Esplanade, Kaiti, Gisborne AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Bo - Cl. Archives New Zealand (R17845608) - Former archives reference: AIR118 AWMM
    • Please note that the 12 volumes of the "RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939-1945" held at Archives NZ (formerly known as AIR118) should be used in conjunction with Errol Martyn's "For Your Tomorrow". FYT reflects detailed examination of all of the AIR118 bios which contain many inaccuracies and omissions. AWMM


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22 June 2023Lorraine MonaGisborne Researcher

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