Harry Rodney deBoissiere Greenwood1

#248, (1909 - 1990)
Charts5 Generations of Descendants of Sir Richard Henry Bonnycastle (1791-1847)
Rodney Greenwood in Burma, 1944


Joan Bonnycastle (1911 - 1973)
  • Deborah Greenwood4
  • Drusilla Greenwood4

Life Events

BirthHarry Rodney deBoissiere Greenwood was born on 5 Jul 1909 in Lakefield, Peterborough County, Ontario.
Information from the certificate: Harry Rodney Greenwood, born in Lakefield (Lot 19 Con 7, Douro Township), parents were Henry Smith Greenwood, engineer, and Dorothy May who were married in Cape Town, South Africa, on 18th February 1908.2 
CalledHe went by the name of Rodney, or Rod. His mother Dorothy was very upset that his father (Lt. Col H S Greenwood died 4 May 1916 aged 55) wrote down Harry instead of Henry and did not put in "de Boissiere" in front of the surname Greenwood. All his documents since then have been in the name of Henry Rodney de Boissiere Greenwood!1 
Newspaper Published 28 Oct 1938 in the The Times.
Forthcoming Marriages
Captain H. R. de B. Greenwood and Miss J. Bonnycastle
The engagement is announced between Captain Henry Rodney de Boissiere Greenwood, Royal Engineers, son of the late Colonel H. S. Greenwood and of Mrs Greenwood, and of Joan, younger daughter of his Honour Judge Bonnycastle and Mrs Bonnycastle, of Winnipeg, Canada
Similar announcements were placed in Toronto Saturday Night, Mayfair, Bystander, and others.3 
MarriageHe married Joan Bonnycastle, daughter of Angus Lorne Bonnycastle and Ellen Mary Boulton, on 3 Feb 1939 in All Saints Church, Malabar Hills, Bombay, India, as she stepped off the boat bringing her from England where she worked for the Canadian Ambassador.1 
Joan Bonnycastle & Rodney Greenwood
Item On 19 Sep 1946, H.R. Greenwood was recorded in the London Gazette for distinguished service.1
London Gazette order
DeathHarry Rodney deBoissiere Greenwood died on 22 Dec 1990 in Basingstoke Hospital, England, and his ashes were buried by his daughter the following May in his family plot in Brookwood Cemetery.1 
Last Edited26 May 2009


  1. E-mails from Deborah Greenwood to J Kolthammer.
  2. Birth Registrations of Ontario, 1869-1913. Image viewed at Ancestry.com. Harry Rodney Greenwood, #037635-09.
  3. Announcement of the forthcoming marriage of Captain H.R. de B. Greenwood and Miss J. Bonnycastle, The (London) Times, 28 October 1938.
  4. Letter from Angus Bonnycastle, Calgary, Alberta, to J Kolthammer, dated 1997.