Saturday, October 4, 2014

James Alexander Bonson

Port Coquitlam Honour Roll
James Alexander Bonson  224th Battalion Canadian Forestry.
Signed his attestation papers on the 3rd of April 1916, at Vancouver, B.C.   299251      Service File: PDF   Bridge builder. Born on the 10th of February 1869, at New Westminster, B.C.

      Discharged after only six weeks, his heart was showing issues, and he was deemed medically unfit.  But he was able to live a normal life.
  His father owned large tracts of land in Maple Ridge, obtained through Crown Grants
Left to Right: Robert Bonson, Mrs. Lewis Francis Bonson, James Alexander Bonson (on mother's lap), Marian Bonson, Henry Bonson, Mr. Lewis Bonson, and Charles Bonson. ca.1870?   Vancouver Archives  A47239

FATHER: Lewis Francis Bonson ( 1830 – 1917 )
MOTHER: Jemima Urquhart ( 1834 – 1915 )
Some of the Bonson family history from the Maple Ridge Museum

In 1899  James married Annie Georgina Haugh,( 1881 – )
Children with Annie:
Dorothy Marion Bonson, ( 1902 -  ),  Lewis Haugh Bonson, ( 1900 – )
Married in 1912 Henrietta Jessie Ewart Welsh, ( 1891 - 1974 )
SON: Ross. J. Bonson 

James Alexander Bonson, died on the 7th of July 1954, at the Royal Columbian hospital, New Westminster, B.C. He is buried at  Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Burnaby.
A retired steam engineer

BROTHERS: Robert Forest Bonson (1862 – 1938 ),
                     Henry William Bonson ( 1864 - 1910 )
SISTER: Marion Bonson; Marion Hoy ( 1860 – 1943 )
Marion Bonson, daughter of Lewis Bonson at age sixteen. ca. 187?
New Westminster Archives IHP6716

A fonds exists from James Alexander Bonson at the Vancouver Archives

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