|Place of birth||Bondi, Sydney, New South Wales|
|School||Bondi Public School, New South Wales|
|Address||17 Edmond Street, Waverley, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||24|
|Next of kin||Wife, Mrs A F Bell, 17 Edmond Street, Waverley, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Holsworthy, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||19th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/36/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||55th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Fromelles, France|
|Date of death|
|Age at death||24|
|Age at death from cemetery records||24|
|Place of burial||Ration Farm Military Cemetery (Plot III, Row C, Grave No. 24), La Chapelle d'Armentieres, France|
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: William and Rachael BELL, husband of A. BELL, 7 Myalora Street, Five Dock, Sydney, New South Wales. Native of Bondi, New South Wales|
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Admitted to New Zealand Auxiliary Hospital, Moascar, 16 March 1916 (influenza).
Transferred to 55th Bn from 5th Brigade Details, Moascar, 3 April 1916; taken on strength of 55th Bn, Ferry Post, 3 April 1916.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.
Killed in action, 20 July 1916.
Buried at V.C. Avenue, Rue Petillon, by Reverend G.B. Statt, 20 July 1916.
Statement, Red Cross File No 330404, 3574 Pte E.W. McCARTHY, A Company, 55th Bn, 12 February 1917: 'He was killed just behind me as we were going into the Trenches at Fleurbaix on July 19th. We were V.C. Sap at the time. A shell fell right in amongst us. He was killed outright. The body had to be left there as we went on into the trench.'
Second statement, 3811 Driver E.F. GOUGH, formery A Company, 55th Bn (patient, No 5 General Hospital, Rouen), 27 February 1917: 'Before the attack started on the 20th July, he was in our first line trench with me. The Germans put a barrage on the trench and they got him with a shell. He was killed at once. We were just going out and I did not see him again and I do not know if he was buried.'
Third statement, 3795 Pte V.J. DREW, 55th Bn, 15 January 1917: 'We were at Fromelles. Bell and Sgt. Jack Boyle were hit by the same shell in a communication trench going up to the attack. Bell was killed and Boyle was wounded ...'Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, BELL Sydney
Red Cross File No 330404