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William James BELL

Regimental number455
Place of birthDapto, New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarrier
Address51 Francis Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation39
Height5' 3"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Elizabeth Bell, 51 Francis Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceScottish Rifles (12 years); Australian Commonwealth Horse in South Africa
Enlistment date11 January 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentFarrier Sergeant
Unit name12th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/17/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 13 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Light Horse Regiment
FateReturned to Australia 22 January 1917
Discharge date21 June 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Taken on strength of 7th Light Horse Regiment, 2 October 1915.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 11 December 1915; transferred to HS 'Oxfordshire', 12 December 1915 (bronchitis); to No 3 Auxiliary Hospital, Cairo, 15 December 1915; to New Zealand Convalescent Home, 1 January 1916; discharged to unit, 4 January 1916.

Transferred to 12th Light Horse Regiment, 21 February 1916; marched into 12th Light Horse Regiment, Tel el Kebir, 26 April 1916.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 7 December 1916, on a charge of neglect to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that he neglected to carry out his duties as Farrier Sergeant at Ferry Post Railhead on 25th and 27 November 1916: found Not Guilty.

Admitted to No 3 East Anglian Field Ambulance, 20 December 1916 (dysentery); transferred to No 26 Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 23 December 1916; to No 14 Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 27 December 1916; discharged, 21 January 1917.

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HS 'Euripides', 22 January 1917 (debility and post-enteric); disembarked Sydney, 21 February 1917; returned to duty, 11 April 1917; discharged (medically unfit), 21 June 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death10 June 1919
Age at death43
Place of burialRookwood Necropolis (Plot 5D, Grave No. 693), Sydney, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, BELL William James

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