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Francis Dickens Bell

Francis Dickens Bell portrait - This image may be subject to copyright

Francis Dickens Bell portrait - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Francis Dickens AWMM
  • Surname
    Bell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Frank AWMM
  • Service number
    112051 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    11 January 1921 AWMM CambridgeWaikato AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 22 August 1940 AWMM 19 Ascot Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    J.A. Henry Bell (father), Puketaha Road, Puketaha, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 9 December 1942 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 22 August 1940 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
    Audit cadet/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 6 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Brain haemorrhage AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Amy and John Bell

      Educated in Cambridge, went to Wellington to look for work.

      Called up as a territorial and in the NZ Scottish Regiment in Wanganui, Featherston, Carterton during 1940 and 1941. Demobbed April 1941

      Recalled to service after bombing of Pearl Harbour

      Trained at Tauherenikau racecourse at Featherston, the sent to Defence Platoon Brigade HQ at Carterton

      Marched into Maadi Camp with friend Leo Blomfield, Halvor Halvorsen, Cookie MacGregor and Gordon Ross all joining Signals Corps and then B Company of the 21st Battalion

      Saw the bombing of Cassino but left before the main battle to return to Advance Base at Bari

      Arrived back in New Zealand 30 September 1945

      Auditor for Kilbirnie RSA accounts

      Author of All Saints Church Hataitai-Kilbirnie 100 : continuing the story : from the parish jubilee 1978 to the centenary 1994; and All Saints' Church, Hataitai-Kilbirnie : jubilee history AWMM
    • Youngest son of Amy and (John August) Henry Bell, farmer and carrier at Puketaha and Cambridge.
      Frank was an auditor in the Audit Department in Wellington for 45 years, retiring in 1985, having written the official history of the department.. Public - Sue - Child - 17 August 2017 - Family papers
    • Medals
      1939-1945 Star for service in WW2
      Africa Star for service in North Africa 8th Army clasp on full Public - Sue - Child - 19 August 2017 - Military personnel file
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About death

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  • Death
    • 15 November 2003 AWMM
      Age 82 AWMM
    • 15 November 2003 21Bn Assoc. Inc. Records. MS-2008-42.
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Hautapu Cemetery, Cambridge, New Zealand AWMM Block O. Row 1. Plot 32. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: NZ Herald 17 November 2003 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM
      Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 9: WW2 29 AWMM
    • Auckland Museum Armoury Resource Centre, Biographical vertical file AWMM
      ACF122096 - Family biography AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death Notice:17 November 2003 AWMM
    • Veterans' club : the comradeship and memories of Auckland's 21st infantry battalion. Auckland War Memorial Museum : Auckland. Accompanies exhibition held in the Pictorial Gallery, second floor, Auckland War Memorial Museum, 24 March-21 May 2006. AWMM
    • 21 New Zealand Infantry Battalion Association Inc. Records, 1955 - 2005. Auckland War Memorial Museum. MS-2008-42. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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19 August 2017SueRemuera, AucklandChild

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