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Henry BELL

Regimental number534
Date of birth19 October 1897
Place of birthWangaratta, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarmer
AddressWangaratta, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Henry Bell, Londrigan via Wangaratta, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name37th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/54/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 3 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll37th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 25 January 1919
Discharge date14 May 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Melbourne, 3 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, 25 July 1916. Admitted to hospital, 2 September 1916 (mumps); discharged to duty, 15 September 1916. Admitted to hospital, Larkhill, 19 October 1916; discharged, 16 November 1916; total treatment for venereal disease: 29 days.

Proceeded overseas to France, 22 November 1916.

Admitted to Divisional Rest Station, 28 November 1916; transferred to No. 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 2 December 1916; to 51st General Hospital, Etaples, 3 December 1916; discharged to Base Details, 6 May 1917. Total treatment for venereal disease: 160 days.

Admitted to 51st General Hospital, 7 May 1917; discharged to Base Details, 10 June 1917. Total treatment for venereal disease: 35 days.

Admitted to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 13 June 1917; discharged to Base Details, 9 September 1917. Total treatment for venereal disease: 89 days.

Found guilty, 13 September 1917, of being absent without leave from 4.30 pm until apprehended by Military Police, 10 pm, 11 September 1917: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No. 2 and forfeiture of 14 days' pay.

Admitted to 39th General Hospital, Rouelles, 15 September 1917; dischagred to Australian General Base Depot, 9 October 1917. Total treatment for venereal disease: 25 days.

Admitted to hospital, 28 June 1918 (influenza); transferred to No. 2 Stationary Hospital, 3 July 1918; rejoined Bn, 16 July 1918.

Wounded in action (gassed), 25 August 1918; transferred to England, 28 August 1918; admitted to 1st Birmingham War Hospital, 29 August 1918 (gas shell poisoning). Transferred to No. 1 auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 13 September 1918; granted furlough, 16-30 September 1918, to report to No. 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny.

Commenced return to Australia, 25 January 1919 on board HT 'Ceramic'; disembarked Melbourne, 23 March 1919; discharged, 14 May 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Date of death26 August 1973

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