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William John Albert Bell

Sergeant Major Bell and Sergeant Turnbull, Albany.  C.S. Alexander Album, Alexander, Charles Stewart, 1895-1970, photographer,1916-1918, PH-ALB-404 loose 3. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Sergeant Major Bell and Sergeant Turnbull, Albany. C.S. Alexander Album, Alexander, Charles Stewart …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William John Albert AWMM
  • Surname
    Bell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 32499 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    20 November 1888 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra County TyroneNorthern Ireland Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    J. Bell (father), Ballygolly, Cough, Ireland AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 32499 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Constable/Military AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      6' 2" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      188 lb AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • William Bell was the son of the late John Bell (ex-Sergeant, Royal Irish Constabulary) and Margaret Arm Bell, of Ballygoney, Coagh, Co. Tyrone, Ireland. Previously wounded three times.

    Embarked Wellington, 12 February 1917; disembarked Plymouth, England, 2 May 1917, and marched in to Reserve Group, Sling Camp.
    Reverted to the ranks, 1 June 1917.
    Proceeded overseas to France, 6 June 1917; joined 1st Bn, Otago Infantry Regiment, in the field, 25 June 1917, and posted to 8th Company.
    Appointed Lance Corporal to complete establishment, 21 July 1917.
    Wounded in action, 31 July 1917 (gun shot wound, neck), and admitted to No 3 NZ Field Ambulance same day and then transferred to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station; to No 2 General Hospital, 3 August 1917; to NZ Base Depot, Etaples, 3 September 1917.
    Transferred to 2nd Bn, Otago Infantry Regiment, 14 September 1917; rejoined 1st Bn, 19 September 1917.
    Admitted to No 1 NZ Field Ambulance, 26 October 1917 (influenza); transferred to NZ Stationary Hospital, 27 October 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 19 January 1918.
    Detached to Musketry School, 27 January 1918; rejoined unit, 4 February 1918.
    Wounded in action (remained at duty), 9 February 1918.
    Wounded in action (third occasion), 16 February 1918 (gun shot wound, chest, penetrating); admitted to NZ Field Ambulance, 17 February 1918; transferred to No 2 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, 17 February 1918.
    Died of wounds (gun shot wound, left lung, penetrating), 5 am, 21 February 1918.

    Parents: the late John Bell (ex-Sergeant, Royal Irish Constabulary) and Margaret Arm Bell, of Ballygoney, Coagh, Co Tyrone, Ireland. Previously wounded three times. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    21 February 1918 AWMM
    Age 29 AWMM
    FranceEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM XXVII. E. 8A. AWMM
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