Michael William Bond was born in Thame in 1874 the son of Frederick and Sarah Bond of Moreton Field Farm, Moreton, Thame.
When a soldier from Thame died in 1902 a newspaper wrote; “His made the fourth life Thame had yielded to swell the death roll of those who left kith and kindred in order to fight the battles of their country”.
Michael Bond was one of three soldiers from Thame who died in the space of three months, in the summer of 1900. This was a period of British counteroffensives that enabled the British to capture the Boer capital, Pretoria.
8051 Trooper Michael William Bond, 59 Company (Oxfordshire) 15 Btn Imperial Yeomanry, died of disease on 18th August 1900 at Kroonstad, South Africa, age 26. He is buried in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
Michael is remembered on a memorial at Edward Brooks Barracks, Abingdon, Oxfordshire and on the Boer War Memorial Plaque in St Mary’s church, Thame.