Hedley Bonner enlisted in the Otago Infantry Brigade of the New Zealand forces in October 1914, at the age of 26. Hedley’s father and mother lived on Wetmore at Ross, he a gardener, and she a domestic servant. His grandfather lived and worked on Somercotes for 70 years. Hedley had been working in a timber mill in New Zealand before signing up.
He served on the Gallipoli peninsula before he was hospitalized in Cairo with a gunshot wound to the leg.
He was discharged in 1916 as medically unfit and returned to New Zealand. He died there in 1971.
Hedley’s story is part of our exhibition: Our Grateful Thanks and Loving Remembrance, a moving and deeply personal exhibition remembering the soldiers whose names are immortalised on the Ross War Memorial.