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Cecil Thomas BELL

Regimental number3013
Place of birthCowra New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressRockhampton, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinAunt, Gertrude Alta Dogg, Rowley Street, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date18 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A50 Itonus on 30 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 16 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919

Military Medal

'During the attack on the BEAUREVOIR Line, east of PERONNE, on 3rd October, 1918, this N.C.O.'s platoon met with strong resistance at MUSHROOM QUARRY. He was in charge of a Lewis gun section, and alone crawled through the enemy wire with his gun and outflanked the enemy post. He kept up a heavy fire on the post while the remainder of the platoon got through the wire and captured the post. It was a most difficult and dangerous task that this N.C.O. accomplished on his own initiative, and through his action undoubtedly many casualties were saved '
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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