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James BELL

Regimental number6031
Place of birthBowen Bridge, Co Down Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressMarshall Street, Milton, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation45
Height5' 3.25"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Martha Bell, Marshall Street, Milton, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date25 September 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A75 Marathon on 27 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Veterinary Corps
FateReturned to Australia 1 November 1917
Discharge date16 February 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Brisbane, 27 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 January 1917; marched in to 7th Training Bn, Rollestone, 9 January 1917; taken on strength of Australian Army Service Corps, 26th Bn, 4 May 1917; taken on strength of Australian Army Veterinary Corps and proceeded overseas to France, 16 May 1917; marched in to Calais, France and transferred to Australian Veterinary Hospital, 17 May 1917; classified 'P.U.' by Medical Board, 22 July 1917; admitted to 35th General Hospital, Calais, 11 August 1917 (sick); transferred to England, 30 August 1917 (otitis media); admitted to 2nd London General Hospital, Chelsea, England, 30 August 1917; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 19 September 1917 (conjunctivitis); discharged from hospital and granted leave, 24 September 1917 to 8 October 1917; marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 8 October 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Anchises', 1 November 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 3 January 1918; discharged, 16 February 1918 (medically unfit: defective vision).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BELL James

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