|Full name||James Henry Bonella|
|Date of birth||17 December 1884|
|Place of birth||Maldon, Victoria|
|Date of death||24 May 1918(aged 33)|
|Place of death||France|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1908.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
He died of the wounds he received whilst on active service in France in World War I.
The son of Pietro and Margaret Bonelli, née Williams, Jim Bonella was born at Maldon, Victoria on 17 December 1884. He married Eliza Puncher (1885–1968) in 1912; they had one son, James Avenel Bonella (1913–2002). Eliza's brother, Jim's brother in law, Private Joseph Samuel Puncher (also known as James Samuel Puncher) was killed in action in France on 21 November 1916.
Recruited from Pembroke, he played one senior match for the Melbourne Football Club, in the last match of the season, on a very muddy ground, against Fitzroy, at the Brunswick Street Oval on 5 September 1908 (There had been a two week break between rounds 17 and 18 due to the 1908 Melbourne Carnival. Melbourne's Dick Fowler, recruited from Caulfield Grammar School, and Fitzroy's Tom Norton, recruited from Hawthorn, also played their first and only senior VFL matches on that day. He returned to Pembroke, and played for them in 1909.
First World War
He was seriously wounded in his left thigh, in action with the 21st Battalion, A Company, on 20 May 1918, and died of his wounds on 24 May 1918. He is buried at the Étaples Military Cemetery in northwest France.
- Although the father used Bonelli for his own family name, it seems that the son always used Bonella.
- Australian War Memorial: Roll of Honour – Joseph Samuel Puncher (482); In Memoriam: On Active Service: Puncher, The Argus, (Saturday, 22 November 1919), p.13.
- Fitzroy's Upward Move, The Argus, (Monday, 7 September 1908), p.5.
- Fitzroy (11.18) Beat Melbourne (1.4), The Age, (Monday, 7 September 1908), p.9.
- Victorian Junior Association: Notes, The Argus, (Monday, 10 May 1909), p.5.
- Jim Bonella's statistics from AFL Tables
- Demonwiki Biography: Jim Bonelli
- Australian War Memorial: First World War Embarkation Roll – James Henry Bonella (98)
- World War I Service Record: Private James Henry Bonella (98)
- Australian War Memorial: Red Cross Wounded and Missing Records: 98 Private James Henry Bonella
- Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour – James Henry Bonella (98)
- Died on Service: Bonella, The Argus, (Monday, 3 June 1918), p.1.
- Died on Service: Bonella, The Argus, (Tuesday, 4 June 1918), p.1.
- Died on Service: Bonella, The Argus, (Saturday, 15 June 1918), p.13.
- Australian Casualties: Victorian List No.409, Died of Wounds (Bonella, J.M, West Brunswick, 24/5/18), The Argus, (Monday, 17 June 1918), p.7.
- The AIF Project: James Henry Bonella (98)