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Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Adrian Arie Bons

In memory of:

Trooper Adrian Arie Bons

November 27, 1964

Military Service

Service Number:







8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's)


Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal, United Nation Emergency Force (UNEF), Dag Hammarskjöld Medal

Additional Information


February 18, 1942
Numensdrop, Netherlands


December 1, 1961
Oshawa, Ontario

Son of Neeltje and Adrian Bons of Bowmanville, Ontario. Brother of Arie, Jean,Erna, Lia and Willei.

Commemorated on Page 123 of the In the Service of Canada (1947 - 2014) Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Israel and Palestine (including Gaza)

Grave Reference:

Plot Post War Section A Row A Grave 16


Gaza is 3 kilometres inland from the Mediterranean coast, 65 kilometres south-west of Tel Aviv. From Israel stop at the Erez Crossing point and enter the VIP cabin for a pass to enter Gaza. Walk through "no man's land" to the taxis on the other side. Gaza War Cemetery is 1.5 kilometres north-east of the city near the Bureir Road and 370 metres from the railway station.

The Cemetery is approximately 8 kilometres to the left of the main dual carriageway, Highway 250 through Gaza, and is about 200 metres back from the road through an avenue of trees.

Alternatively, turn left off the highway after 4 kilometres, continuing with Highway 4 until Sha'arei Aza junction and turn right, then turn right into Gaza proper, heading back towards the border. In this direction the cemetery will be found on the right hand side after approximately 3 kilometres.

The cemetery is open every day from 7.00am to 3.00pm Visitors are strongly advised to seek travel advice from their Embassy or Consulate before travelling to Gaza.

Wheelchair access possible via main entrance. For further information and enquiries please contact

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  • Photo of Adrian Arie Bons– Trooper Bons and Cpl Wallace from D Squadron VIII CH were killed on UN duty in the Gaza Strip when the Jeep, in which they were travelling, set off an anti-tank mine.   They are buried side-by-side in the Gaza War Cemetery.

Attached is the circumstances behind their deaths.   "Tragedy would soon take two lives. While out making their rounds, two Hussars would pick up a Bedouin infiltrator. These three men would make the return journey to Camp Rafah. On the way, their Jeep would trigger an anti-tank mine, killing the three men and destroying their Jeep. Corporal Paul Wallace and Trooper Adrian Bons would be buried with full military honours at the Gaza War Cemetery. D Squadron would finish their peacekeeping tour without further incident."
  • Photo of Adrian Arie Bons– ME64-122-13 Funeral of Cpl. Wallace and Tpr. Bons at Gaza War Cemetary.   CF photograph
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Camp Borden War Memorial
  • Inscription
  • In Remembrance
  • Trooper Adrian Arie Bon– Trooper Adrian Arie Bons in service uniform.

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