The following obituary for Charles Wright Bonham appeared in the Times newspaper.
|Obituary in the Times newspaper
|20 July 1910
Admiral C.W. Bonham.Admiral Charles Wright Bonham, who died on July 14, at Montagu House, Ryde, in his 94th year, was one of the few surviving naval officers of the time of William IV. He entered the Navy as a volunteer in June, 1832, and in that and the following year served in the Britain, being present at the siege of Oporto. Two years later he served in the Rover during the siege of Tripoli, and in 1835 was a midshipman of the Pique, Captain Hon. H.J. Rous, when that vessel made her famous voyage across the Atlantic without a rudder after being on the rocks of Labrador.
In the year Queen Victoria came to the Throne Admiral Bonham was made a mate (sub-lieutenant), and he became a lieutenant in 1843. While serving in the Vixen in China he was present at the operations in Borneo under Sir T. Cochrane and at the taking of Maloodoo in 1846. He was also engaged in the capture of Lagos, West Coast of Africa, in 1852, when he was flag-lieutenant to Admiral Bruce in the Penelope. For this service he was promoted and appointed to the command of the Crane. In 1863 he was advanced to the rank of captain after further service in the Victory, and five years later retired owing to an injury to his eye while assisting at the wreck of an English ship. His subsequent steps in flag rank were attained on the. retired list.