They made the Ultimate Sacrifice
BONNELL, Charles Ernest, Lieutenant, RCN - MPK 08 Jan 1943, HMS/M P311 - Son of Walter Herbert Muirhead Bonnell and Ola Barrett White; husband of Eleanor Bonnell; father of Barbara Bonnell (age 13) of Holland Landing.
D.S.C. citation: "For courage and skill when an enemy convoy was attacked by our light Coastal Forces." (Note: He sunk a merchant ship on 03 November 1941 during that action)
Special Services Charioteer' Lost - Lt Bonnell died on 8 Jan 43 when HMS/M P311 was sunk by a mine during Operation 'Principal' Straits of Bonifacio, enroute to his first chariot operation. Lt Bonnell was one, of first two Canadians both RCNVR, selected to join the then very secret British two-man "chariot" training program then just in early stages of design and development. Becoming part of a group of only 24 officers and 31 men and the only Canadians to do so. They trained and qualified as divers and on chariots
Lt Charles Bonnell is listed on the Halifax Memorial, Nova Scotia, Canada, Panel 9. Commemorated on Lakefield College School Memorial, XIIth Submarine Flotilla Memorial Cairn, GarbhEilan, Kylesku, Sutherland & East Gwillimbury Roll of Honour.
Awards and decorations: D.S.C., 1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star, CVSM & clasp, Defence Medal, 1939-45 War Medal
Ships served in:
ACADIA - 24 Mar 1940 - 27 Apr 1940 - lent from STADACONA
HMS HORNET (Coastal Forces Base, Gosport) for MTB Training - unknown - 19 Jan 1941
HMS BEEHIVE (Coastal Forces Base, Felixstowe) for duties with C.O. 4th MTB Flotilla - 20 Jan 1941 - unknown
HMS HORNET - unknown - 01 Jun 1941
HM MTB 46 - 02 Jun 1941 - unknown. Appointed CO 24 Jul 1941
HM MTB 218 - unknown - 06 Feb 1942 as CO. Awarded D.S.C.
HMS HORNET - 07 Feb 1942 - 02 Mar 1942 as Add'l
HMS DOLPHIN (Submarine Depot, Gosport) - 03 Mar 1942 - 11 Jun 1942 - Add'l for motor launches and misc. duties
HMS/M P311 - 12 Jun 1942 - 08 Jan 1943 - Sub mined in the Straits of Bonifacio
(CB01) Questionnaire to RCNVR Candidates (CB02-CB03) Attestation form (CB04-CB05) Service history summary
(CB06) Article on the death of Lt Charles Bonnell (CB07) Casualty Report (CB08-CB10) Letters to Lt Bonnell's widow
(CB11) FIRST CHARIOT TRAINING CLASS AT LOCH ERISORT
Back row - L-R: Stoker Petty Officer C. E. T. Warren, Lieutenant D. C. Evans, Lieutenant C. E. Donnell, Lieutenant A. Moreton
Front row: Corporal J. Allander, Sergeant D. Craig, Able Seaman J. Brown