Horace Bonner.

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He joined the HCB, given the number 1109 and was posted to C Company of the reserve [2/1st] Battalion.  Little is known of his service life but he was at some time appointed to the rank of Corporal and moved to D Company from 1 - 8 - 1915.  He was also given a new six figure number 290253 when the Army numbering scheme changed.

Records also show that he, at some time also served, as M/427582 in the Army Service Corps, where he also held the rank of Corporal.

In orders 16 February 1917, The George Alford, he reported his arrival from T.F.depot, Huntingdon on the 14 Feb. 1917 and was taken on the strength and pay of 2.1 Battalion from that date and posted to D Company. Part 2 order no. 40. (In an order raised at 7. 00 pm, Vine Cottage, Chapel St. Leonards,0n 5 March 1917 by W. L Stephenson, Lieut. and acting Adjt. (2.1), He held the existing rank of Corp. in company (2.1) . His new substantive rank was to be Corp. and was effective from 1/8/1915. This order was issued under The Army Council Instruction No.115 of 1917. ref 156/2)

Under Battalion orders 40, issued by Lieut. Col. J. L. Stanley V. D., officer commanding 2/1st Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion issued at The George Hotel, Alford, Lincolnshire on 15th February 1917 at 5:30 p.m. and signed by W. L. Stephenson 2 l/t and acting adjutant, orders being for the following day i.e. 16th February 1917 (Ref: 149), records indicate that he reported his arrival from T.F. Depot Huntingdon 14-2-1917 and was taken onto the strength and pay of the battalion from that date of D company.

Under Battalion orders 171, issued by Captain J. C. S. Musk, officer commanding 2/1st Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion issued at Well camp, Alford, Lincolnshire on 28th July 1916 at 8:00 p.m., and signed by W. L. Stephenson  (Second Lieutenant and acting adjutant), orders being for the following day i.e. 29th July 1916 (Ref: 159), records indicate that he was a Corporal serving in the 2/1st. H C B serving in D Company and was sent to the base Depot, B. E. F. France on 26th July 1916, he was rationed up to and for that day.

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09/04/2012

. . Martyn Smith