|Place of birth||Hay, New South Wales|
|School||Scotch College, Melbourne, Victoria|
|Address||Alma Station, Booligal near Hay, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||29|
|Next of kin||Father, Lewis Bell, Alma Station, Booligal near Hay, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||21st Battalion, 1st Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/38/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Corporal|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||21st Battalion|
|Other details from Roll of Honour Circular||Left Melbourne in June 1915. Went to Egypt; was torpedoed on SS "Southland". Was at Gallipoli until the evacuation, December 1915. Then was on the Sinai Peninsula. Joined the Machine Gun Section in Egypt, then went to France.|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Mouquet Farm, Pozieres, France|
|Date of death|
|Age at death||30|
|Age at death from cemetery records||30|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France
Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.
The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.
On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.
After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: Lewis and Mary Ann BELL, Alma Station, Booligal, New South Wales|
|Family/military connections||Sister: Sister Annie BELL MID, Australian Army Nursing Service, returned to Australia, 24 August 1918; Brother: Major George BELL OBE, 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, returned to Australia, 10 June 1919.|
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Joined the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force at Gallipoli, 29 August 1915.
Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).
Admitted to 7th Field Ambulance, Ferry Post, 12 February 1916 (parotitis), and transferred to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station; to 1st Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismailia,12 February 1916; to 4th Auxiliary Hospital, Abbassia, 13 February 1916 (mumps); discharged from hospital, 13 February 1916; rejoined unit, Moascar, 7 March 1916.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force,19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 26 March 1916.
Promoted Corporal, 17 August 1916.
Reported missing in action, 26 August 1916.
Court of Enquiry, 20 July 1917, concluded; 'Killed in action, 26 August 1916.'Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Miscellaneous details||Name entered on Embarkation Roll as A A T BELL.|
|Sources||NAA: B2455, BELL Alexander Armstrong Thompson
Red Cross File No 0320506G