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Richard Mitchell BELL

Regimental number3686
Date of birth2 September 1891
Place of birthQuorn, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressQuorn, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 5"
Weight131 lbs
Next of kinFather, W W Bell, Quorn, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 August 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Malwa on 2 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Consistent gallantry throughout operations and valuable services as Company guide.'
Recommendation date: 16 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1919

Military Medal

'During operations of 1st to 19th October, 1917, near ZONNEBEKE east of YPRES, Cpl. BELL at all times showed great fearlessness in carrying out the work alloted to him. As Company Guide he set a splendid example to the men he was leading into the line. On several occasions during exceedingly heavy shelling men were buried and Cpl. Bell was always first on the scene and at great personal risk saw that all men were dug out. Throughout the operation Cpl. BELL was of great service to his Company and has set a magnificent example at all times to the men under him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 120
Date: 7 August 1918

Discharge date20 September 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 1359 WO II William Charles BELL, 4th Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company, returned to Australia, 1 July 1919; 3134 Pte Alfred James BELL, 50th Bn, died of wounds, 26 August 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Darwin', 12 June 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Adelaide, 20 September 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BELL Richard Mitchell

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