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Clement Wingfield BELL

Regimental number42
Place of birthCalcutta, India
OccupationCabinet maker
AddressLaunceston, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinWife, Mrs Ethel Bell, 4 Regent Street, Sandy Bay, Tasmania
Enlistment date15 September 1915
Place of enlistmentHobart, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name40th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/57/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 1 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll40th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 20 October 1917

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Military Medal

'On 12th October, 1917, East of YPRES, for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action. in the absence of both his Sergeant and Corporal, who had been wounded early in the operation, he filled both positions and organised visual stations and laid down line and almost alone maintained communication between his Battalion and Brigade Forward Station. He showed remarkable courage and devotion under fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 5656 Pte William Edward BELL, 4th Bn, died of wounds, Ypres, Belgium, 22 September 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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