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Frederick BELL

Regimental number17947
Place of birthIpswich England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngineering draftsman
AddressMnewcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinFather, William Henry Bell, 33 Queen Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Enlistment date3 March 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 March 1917
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name1st and 2nd Field Troops
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/36/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Port Sydney on 9 May 1917
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Squadron
FateReturned to Australia 18 July 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'He repeatedly swam out into the river under heavy fire, and in full view of the enemy, during bridging operations at Makhadet Hajla on the night of the 21-22 March 1918, in order to perform his task of arranging cables and anchorages for the pontoons. He showed dash, and perfect coolness under fire, and afforded an inspiring example for others.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Date of death13 October 1933
Place of burialMacquarie Park Cemetery

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