BOND, William Nathaniel Carlon
(Service number 18499)

First Rank Major Last Rank


Date 4 September 1865 Place of Birth Romansleigh, Devon, England

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment "Argyle", Waikaia, Southland
Occupation Sheep farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married. Two children (one deceased)
Next of Kin Mrs Ethel Mary BOND (wife), Claremont, Timaru
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Hospital Ship No. 1, 4th, 5th, 8th & 9th Voyages from New Zealand
Transport Maheno
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Sheep farmer


Date 13 September 1945 Age 80 years
Place of Death 12 Sefton Street, Timaru
Notices Press, 14 September 1945
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated; ashes interred St Peter's Anglican Churchyard, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Nathaniel Carlon Bond was born on 4 September 1865 at Romansleigh, Devon, England, the son of the Rev. John Hamilton Bond and Rosa Jane née Carlon. In 1871 William and two older sisters were scholars with their widowed mother in London. He was a scholar at the “Royal Academy”, Alverstoke, Hampshire, in 1881. He came to New Zealand in 1886 and joined his brother, Mr John Hamilton Carlon Bond, in partnership at Mt Algidus Station. He married Ethel Mary Elworthy on 4 February 1900 at St Mary’s, Timaru. Sara Maude Hamilton Bond (born 1902), Mary Hamilton Bond (born 31 December 1906 and baptized 17 February 1907 at St Mary’s) and Nancy Bray Bond (born 1909) were all born at Timaru. Sara died in 1904, aged 2 years, while Mary lived till 2002, and Nancy (Mrs Webb) died in 1988.

Lieutenant-Colonel William Nathaniel Carlon Bond, 1st Regiment, South Canterbury Mouted Rifles Volunteers, resigned as a volunteer officer in April 1909. In June 1913 he was to be a major. Major Bond enlisted with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force and embarked four times on the Hospital Ship Maheno.

William Nathaniel Carlon Bond died on 13 September 1945 at Timaru, aged 80 years. He had been farming at Dunrobin, Mossburn, Southland. He was cremated and his ashes interred at St Peter’s Churchyard, Upper Riccarton. His brother and sister-in-law and his mother, Rosa Jane Bond, are all buried at St Peter’s. The Reverend John Hamilton Bond had died on 3 July 1865 at the Rectory House, Romansleigh.

When the war broke out and “Europe was ablaze”, a call was made for volunteers for service and “Claremont did its full share”. One of the Claremont men who gave service was Major W. N. Bond, R.Q.M.S.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [25 September 2021]; St Peter’s Anglican Churchyard, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch, headstone transcription [25 September 2021]; NZ Times, 30 April 1909, Star, 13 June 1913, Press, 13 September 1945 (Papers Past) [25 September 2021]

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