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Albert BELL

Regimental number594
Place of birthParkville, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
Address170 York Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 9"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Jean Bell, 170 York Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D sailed on two ships, HMAT A62 Wandilla, 9th November 1915 from Melbourne, and HMAT A41 Bakara, 5 November 1915, from Melbourne. It is not possible to tell from the Embarkation Roll on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D sailed on two ships, HMAT A62 Wandilla, 9th November 1915 from Melbourne, and HMAT A41 Bakara, 5 November 1915, from Melbourne. It is not possible to tell from the Embarkation Roll on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Margaret BELL. Native of Parkville, Victoria
Discharge date26 June 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 June 1916.

On leave to England, 20 December 1916; rejoined 31st Bn, 7 January 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 14 January 1918; rejoined unit, 3 February 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 18 October 1918; rejoined unit, 5 November 1918.

Proceeded to England for return to Australia, 10 January 1919 (1915 personnel); marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 18 January 1919.

Marched into 2nd Training Bde, Codford, 19 February 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Kildonian Castle', 21 March 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 7 May 1919; discharged Melbourne (medically unfit), 26 June 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Note: 'Medical Report on an Invalid', 7 May 1919, notes Pte BELL was gassed but not hospitalised.
Date of death25 December 1920
Age at death34
Place of burialCoburg Cemetery (No. 805A), Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, BELL Albert

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