Bonfield, Samuel

Bonfield, Samuel 


Military History:


Regiment:                               Not known

Rank:                                      Not known

Service Number:                    Not known

Date of Enlisting:                   8.10.1916

Date of death:                        22.11.1967

Cemetery/ Memorial:            Not known

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


Samuel enlisted on 16th October 1916.  His regiment is not known but it is possible he served with the Post Office Rifles.

Samuel survived the War and died at Letchworth on 22 November 1967.

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


Family History:


Date of Birth:                Christened 2.6.1889

Birth Place:                   Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Residence:                    Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Marriage:                      2nd quarter 1915


Samuel was born in Ashwell, Hertfordshire in 1889 the fourth son of John George and Elizabeth Jane (nee Lester) Bonfield.  He was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell.

In 1907 Sam was appointed a rural postman working out of the Baldock Post Office. After the War, in 1918, he was again appointed rural postman at Baldock.

It is thought that Samuel married Gertrude Knott in the 2nd quarter 1915. They had two daughters, Helena born in March March 1920 and Gertrude born 1923.

The 1851 census shows Sam’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 Sam’s father, John George, took over the running of the Three Tuns and by 1891 he was a job master (someone who rents out horses and carriages).

Sam’s brother Arthur emigrated to America in 1913. He served in the War with the American Expeditionary Force and survived the War, returning to America.




Today, the Post Office Rifles are best remembered for their involvement as infantry on the Western Front in the First World War. Their bravery, tenacity and character during the severe circumstances of the trenches are well documented and their endeavours on the Somme, Passchendaele, and elsewhere have earned the regiment high praise and a prestigious place in British military history.

They have many military medals and accolades in evidence of this. Comprised mostly of Post Office employees, approximately 12,000 men fought with the regiment, suffering losses of 1,800 and 4,500 wounded.


Name:Samuel Bonfield
Birth Place:Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Residence:Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Death Date:12.1967
Enlistment Place:Not known
Rank:Not kown
Regiment:Not known
Battalion:Not known
Regimental Number:Not known
Type of Casualty:Survived
Theatre of War:Not known

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  • I believe Samuel was actually only know as Sam.  His GRO entry reads “BONFIELD, SAM – Mother: LESTER GRO Reference: 1889 J Quarter in ROYSTON Volume 03A Page 488” he was also christen as Sam, his marriage index entry in 1915 shows him as Sam as does his entry in the 1939 Register.

    By Mike Gallagher (27/06/2019)

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