King Bondzi Ebi Gyarteh III
Kantamanto Bondziebi Gyarteh III was born on 19th October 1929 at Adawso in the Ashanti Akim District to Sampson Okyere Ghartey Dontoh and Madam Mary Eghan (daughter of Nana Aba Gunaba, Queen-mother of SrafaKokodu) and named Robert Johnson Ghartey Dontoh
. His early childhood days were spent in Winneba where he was educated at the Winneba Methodist Boys’ School from 1938 to 1945.
After his basic education he joined G. B. Olivant as a clerk. It is said that most of the customers found him to be smart and hardworking and that earned him a good reputation among the company’s owners. After a few years with the company he was enticed to join the military. On April 9, 1952 he was enlisted into the Gold Coast Regiment and got promoted to the rank of Sergeant in May 1955.
Being studious, he sat for the Advanced Education Examination in August 1956 and had very excellent passes. On several occasions, he said that it was this examination that became the fulcrum for the turning around of his career with the military. It was this that facilitated his officer training and this led to his admission into the Regular Officer Special Training Course at Teshie in Accra in March 1957. After this training, he proceeded to the Eaton Hall Officer Cadet School, in UK in 1958 to for further officer training. On completion of the officer training course in the UK, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant on March 16, 1959. Following this success in the UK, he returned home and furthered his duty with the Ghana Armed Forces as a Lieutenant. When the Ghana Army was invited into the Congo crisis, then as a young officer, he was posted to and served in the Congo under the United Nations Operations there for a little over a year.