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Graham BELL

Regimental number7462
Place of birthBrisbane Queensland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationGrazier
AddressRockhampton, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, R Bell, Cavendish Road, Coorparoo South Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date23 January 1917
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 25th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 14 June 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll41st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 9 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Queensland Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'On 29th September, 1918, during operations South of BONY, Private BELL did excellent work as a Company Runner, when the Company was engaged in mopping-up the Hindenburg Line. On the evening of the 29th September, 1918 he had to pass through a heavy enemy machine gun barrage no less than three difference times, carrying messages from the front line to the support line. As the messages were very urgent, he had to make his runs over the top of the ground, as going through the Communication Trench, which was some distance away, would take far too long. In the early morning of 30th September, 1918, he again did excellent work in carrying messages to advanced Battalion Headquarters under heavy enemy Artillery Fire. Owing to Private BELL'S devotion to duty and promptness in delivering messages, several enemy strong points were overcome.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death17 March 1964

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