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James Allan Bell

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  • Ngā ingoa tuatahi
    James Allan AWMM
  • Ingoa whānau
    Bell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Ingoa kārangaranga
  • Nama hōia
    80705 AWMM
  • Ira tangata
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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Tauoranga kirirarau

Te whānautanga

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  • Whānautanga mai
    8 Hōngongoi 1909 AWMM WaimaukuAuckland AWMM
    Waimauku AWMM
  • Rā i whānau mai ai
  • Wāhi Whānau
  • Tuhinga mō te whānautanga
  • Wāhi noho i mua i te whakaurunga
    WW2 Pre 1942 AWMM P.O. Box 171, Blenheim AWMM
  • Mahi whai muri i te pakanga
  • Uri kiritahi i te wā o te ekenga waka
    WW2 Mr. J. Bell, 200 Selwyn St., Spreydon, Christchurch (f) AWMM
  • Mēnā he hoa rangatira tōna

Ope taua

Ngā pakanga me ngā whawhai

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  • Te Ope o Tū / te peka
    Army AWMM
  • Nama hōia
    80705 AWMM
  • Urunga ki te ope taua
  • Whakapikinga / Tukunga / Whakawhitinga

Ngā tohu taumata rau ope taua

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  • Mētara me ngā Tohu
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    7 Hakihea 1944 AWMM
    'On 1 June 1944 Corporal Bell was commander of the leading tank of B Squadron during the attack on CAMPOLI, Italy. While moving along the main Sora-Balsorano road the tank was fired on by what proved to be an SP gun from about 500 yards. Corporal Bell directed his gunner on to the flash and fired several rounds. A party of Maoris on being called up reported that the gun had been knocked out. Corporal Bell then moved his tank on supporting the patrol. After travelling some 400 yards the patrol asked for fire on a machine-gun post in a house. No sooner had a round been fired on the house than the tank was hit by an anti-tank shell. Corporal Bell ordered his gunner to traverse left and fired two rounds at the gun, the crew of which then deserted their weapon. Meanwhile the tank was again hit twice by another antitank gun further to the left. Although under direct fire, Corporal Bell remained in the tank and continued to give covering fire to the infantry until the area had been cleared of the enemy. Credit for the speed with which this enemy strong-point was captured must go mainly to Corporal Bell for his daring and devotion to duty. Through-out the action he showed great resource, initiative, coolness and courage and was an inspiration to the men under his command.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Bell, James Allan. (Ref. WO 373/8/873). Military Medal. AWMM

Te Whakangungu me te Urunga atu

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  • Whakangungu ope taua
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Te urunga
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Accountant/Civilian AWMM
  • Mahi i mua i te ekenga waka
  • Pakeke i te whakaurunga

Te maha o ngā ekenga waka

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Mauhere o te pakanga

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  • Ngā rā i mauherehia ai
  • Rā i puta ai
  • Te rā i whakahokia atu ngā hōia i mauherehia ai
  • Ngā kōrero mō te puta i te mauhere pakanga
  • Nama motuhake mō te mauhere pakanga

Whakapapa hauora

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  • Tuhinga hauora
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    28/07/1944 AWMM

Te tūnga whakamutunga e mōhiotia ana

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Kōrero taurongo

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  • 'The hills rose steeply behind the town and from them the enemy could see clearly what was going on in the valley. The crews expected trouble, listening with one ear cocked for the crash of shells or the screech of a mortar ‘stonk’, but the tanks rolled forward steadily until a demolished culvert at the entrance to the town brought them to a halt. Sergeant J. A. Bell, MM; Blenheim; born Waimauku, 8 Jul 1909; accountant; wounded 28 Jul 1944.

    The doubters convinced and the speech-making over, the procession moved on. ‘The band mounted the tanks …, some acting traffic cops cleared the crowd back, and we headed out followed by most of them,’ says Dudfield. ‘On the outskirts we dropped the band, waved the last goodbyes, and hiked off —a day those of us who were there will never forget…. Next morning we cleared the dead flowers, confetti, streamers, etc., out of and off the tanks and with orders to rejoin the 20th set off the way we had come for Sora, picking up A Squadron there.’ The advance from Cassino to Avezzano cost the regiment one officer (Captain Hart) and two men killed, two officers and six men wounded. Another NCO, Sergeant Boniface, had died from injuries when his tank turned turtle over a bank on the way up to Sant' Elia before the advance really began. Two NCOs, Jim Bell and ‘Mac’ West, won MMs. No tanks were lost and all casualties were recovered.

    ' (Source: Glue, W.A. & Pringle, D.J.C. 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. p. 440.) AWMM
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  • Wāhi Mate
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Ngā maumaharatanga

Maumaharatanga

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Rārangi Ingoa Whai Hōnore

Maumahara James Allan Bell mā te whakatakoto i te papi

Waiho atu he tuhinga

Waiho atu he poroporoaki, he maumaharatanga ki a James Allan Bell

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    • 'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.' (London Gazette, 7 December 1944, p.5615.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36828/supplements/5615
      Further Reference
    • 'On 1 June 1944 Corporal Bell was commander of the leading tank of B Squadron during the attack on CAMPOLI, Italy. While moving along the main Sora-Balsorano road the tank was fired on by what proved to be an SP gun from about 500 yards. Corporal Bell directed his gunner on to the flash and fired several rounds. A party of Maoris on being called up reported that the gun had been knocked out. Corporal Bell then moved his tank on supporting the patrol. After travelling some 400 yards the patrol asked for fire on a machine-gun post in a house. No sooner had a round been fired on the house than the tank was hit by an anti-tank shell. Corporal Bell ordered his gunner to traverse left and fired two rounds at the gun, the crew of which then deserted their weapon. Meanwhile the tank was again hit twice by another antitank gun further to the left. Although under direct fire, Corporal Bell remained in the tank and continued to give covering fire to the infantry until the area had been cleared of the enemy. Credit for the speed with which this enemy strong-point was captured must go mainly to Corporal Bell for his daring and devotion to duty. Through-out the action he showed great resource, initiative, coolness and courage and was an inspiration to the men under his command.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Bell, James Allan. (Ref. WO 373/8/873). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7352063
      Further Reference
  • Ngā tuhinga
    • Sutherland, J. (1989). Gallantry awards to New Zealanders in World War Two. Christchurch, N.Z.: Regal Medals. 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
    • Pringle, D., & Glue, W. (1957). 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.425-8, 440, 442, 452, 485. AWMM
    • New Zealand Gazette AWMM
      MM. New Zealand Gazette, Vol 1, p. 157 AWMM

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