BOND, Reginald Copleston

1866 - 1936

Reginald Copleston Bond

Reginald Copleston Bond was born at Marlborough, Wiltshire on 28 April 1866, son of Reverend Frederick Hookey Bond (10 February 1821-31 May 1897), M.A. (Oxon), and his wife Mary Isabella née De La Fosse (25 December 1833-2 October 1916), who married at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire on 17 July 1852. Reginald was educated at Bath College and Trinity College, Oxford and on 10 November 1888, commissioned into the Yorkshire Light Infantry and in 1890 served with the Zhob Field Force on the Indo-Afghan border. Promoted Lieutenant on 1 April 1890, Captain 19 July 1894 and was ADC to GOC Poona District from 7 September 1895 until 28 March 1896. He served on the North-West Frontier of India 1897-1898, with the Tirah Expeditionary Force at Shinkamar 29 January 1898, awarded a Medal with two clasps. He saw active service in South Africa, 1899-1902 taking part in the advance on Kimberley, including the actions at Belmont, Enslin, Modder River and Magersfontein. Mentioned in despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; awarded the Queen's Medal with four clasps, the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901] in recognition of services during the operations in South Africa. Promoted Major on 7 September 1902 and Lieutenant Colonel on 1 May 1914. He married at Simla, India on 28 September 1897, Isabel Maud Tyler (23 June 1874-12 December 1951), daughter of Major General Trevor Bruce Tyler, Inspector-General, Royal Artillery, India. Bond served in the First World War and was wounded during the Battle of Le Cateau on 26 August 1914 and his death was reported with his name appearing on the official casualty list, but he had been taken prisoner and remained a prisoner until the end of the war returning to England on 28 November 1918 and retired from the army the following year. He lived at Nethergate House, Clare, Suffolk and during his time at Clare he took up landscape painting in oils and was a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1933-1936 and exhibited from Northgate House, Clare in 1933 'Mill at Clare' and 'Sheringham', and in 1934 ‘Head Waters on the Stour’ and ‘After the Storm, Caldy Island.’ As well as an artist he was the author of 'Prisoners Grave and Gay' (1935) and of 'The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry'. Reginald Copleston Bond died at Clare on 13 June 1936.

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