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William Thomas BELL

Regimental number6705
Place of birthBrisbane Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressOakey, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Mr J Bell, Foxborough Street, Moonie River, Queensland
Enlistment date12 September 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 22nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 27 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'(E. of Ypres) Personal courage in carrying out the rescue of a wounded man under very heavy fire.'
Recommendation date: 16 November 1917

FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations at PASSCHENDAELE RIDGE, East of YPRES, 1st to 5th November 1917. When one of our wounded men was captured, Private BELL under heavy enemy sniping and artillery fire went forward to rescue his comrade. He succeeded in driving off the enemy escort and practically carried the wounded man back to our lines. He displayed personal courage of a magnificent standard.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death3 November 1951
Place of burialRoma Cemetery

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