Boneham, Eric John Henry

Age: 24
Date of birth: 1915

Parents: Jonas and Sarah Anne Sally Boneham nee Chesterton
Wife: Doris Boneham nee Greenway (remarried name Johnson)
Address: Eric's parents lived at Apartment 9 Lord Leycester Hospital

Occupation: Not known

Eric’s parents Jonas (1879-1963) and Sarah Ann Sally nee Chesterton (1879-1954) married in 1910.  By the time of the 1939 Register, they were living together at Apartment 9 of the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick. Jonas had served as a labourer in the Great War, as at 38 he was too old for active service. The Lord Leycester apartments are generally occupied by ex-servicemen.

Eric’s father Jonas was born in the parish of Willey, Warwickshire and his mother, Sarah’s, family originated from Leicestershire. Eric was born in Hinckley, Leicestershire in 1915.

Eric married Doris Elsie Greenway (1920-1998) in the second quarter of 1940. Prior to that, in 1939, Doris was living with her parents, brother and sister at 30 Stand Street, Warwick and working as a laundress.

We could not find an address for Eric in 1939 or indeed any other details about his personal life apart from his marriage.

Following Eric’s death, Doris remarried – to Leslie Johnson – in 1943. They went on to have one son, Colin (1944-2015) and two further sons and two daughters names unknown.

Eric’s mother, Sarah Ann, died in 1954 and his father Jonas followed in 1963. Jonas was still living at the Lord Leycester Hospital when he died.

Military Service

Rank & Number: Rifleman, 6845586
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, King's Own Rifle Corps
Brigade/Division: 1st Armoured Brigade
Date of death: 26th April 1941
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in action
Commemorated/Buried: Commemorated on the Athens Memorial, Greece. Face 7
Commemorated locally at: St Paul's Church

The UK Army Roll of Honour quotes Eric’s ‘Theatre of War’ as “at sea”

Eric was on the “British Army List of Missing to be circulated to POW Camps” so his body was not found and his death not confirmed at the time.  He is commemorated on the Athens Memorial, Greece:


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