Bonfield, Arthur

Bonfield, Arthur


Military History:


Regiment:                               American Expeditionary Forces

Rank:                                      Not known

Service Number:                     Not known

Date of Enlisting:                    5.6.1917

Date of death:                         3.1964

Cemetery/ Memorial:             Not known

UK Cemetery/Memorial:       St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour


Arthur was drafted into the army on 5 June 1917. All American troops served in the Western European Theatre of war. He survived the War and returned to America.

He died in March 1964 in Seattle, Washington, USA.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.


Family History:


Date of Birth:                28 November 1885

Birth Place:                   Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Residence:                     Seattle, King, Washington

Marriage:                      26.6.1924


Arthur was born on 28th November 1885, the second son of John George and Elizabeth Jane (nee Lester) Bonfield.  He was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell.

In 1913 Arthur went to work as a mine clothing salesman in International Falls, Minnesota, USA and a year later was promoted and moved across the river which forms the border between USA and Canada to Fort Francis, Ontario, Canada.

Arthur married Elizabeth Eva Breen on 27th June 1922 in Seattle, Washington.  They had one daughter, Elizabeth Breen Bonfield, born 1st February 1925.

Arthur died in March 1964 in Seattle, Washington, USA.

Arthur’s brother John served in the War with the 1/1st Home Counties Field ambulance on the Western Front and survived the War.

The 1851 census shows Arthur’s grandfather, George, as publican at the Three Tuns pub and in Ashwell and farmer of 55 acres. The 1890 Post Office Directory shows that Arthur’s father, John George, took over the running of the Three Tuns and in 1891 he was a job master (someone who rents out horses and carriages).





Royston Crow  9 January 1914

Success of Ashwell man in CanadaArthur Bonfield, son of Mr & Mrs John Bonfield, in commerce – promoted from International Falls to Fort Frances. Report from Canadian paper of farewell celebration.


Name:Arthur Bonfield
Birth Place:Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Residence:Seattle, Washington, USA
Death Date:3.1964
Enlistment Place:Not known
Rank:Not known
Regiment:American Expeditionary Forces
Battalion:Not known
Regimental Number:Not known
Type of Casualty:Survived
Theatre of War:Western Europe

Comments about this page

  • Further correction.  Arthur’s birth certificate says he was born on 28th Nov 1884 at The Three Tuns Inn, Ashwell. The birth was registered on 16 Jan 1885 by his mother EJ Bonfield formerly Lester. Fathers profession is given as Innkeeper.

    By Mike Gallagher (03/07/2019)
  • By Mike Gallagher (28/06/2019)
  • My research shows Arthur was born in 1885 not 1886 (BONFIELD, ARTHUR – Mother: LESTER GRO Reference: 1885 M Quarter in ROYSTON Volume 03A Page 446)

    He was baptised 21 Jun 1885 in Ashwell.

    By Mike Gallagher (26/06/2019)

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