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