Captain Thomas Parry Bonham


Captain Thomas Parry Bonham RN lost his life aged 43 in command of HMS Black Prince

Thomas Bonham who was the son of Admiral Charles Bonham, joined the navy in 1886 and was appointed to the rank of Captain in June 1909. He took command of HMS Black Prince in January 1916.

HMS Black Prince

HMS Black Prince

During the battle the Black Prince became detached from the First Cruiser Squadron, of which it was part, and just after midnight on 1st June sailed right into the middle of the German fleet. She was fired on at close range and sank with the loss of all hands within fifteen minutes.

Private Walter Pick a local boy went down with the Black Prince and is remembered on the All Saints Church Hoby.