William Keadance AWMM
Also known as
WWI 8/734 AWMM
19 November 1893 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
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Address before enlistment
Unknown AWMM Care of John McCallum, Brown's, New Zealand AWMM
Post war occupation
Next of kin on embarkation
F. Bell, Forest Hill, Brown's, New Zealand AWMM
Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM
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- Height, WWI AWMM
5' 6.5" AWMM
- Weight, WWI AWMM
152 lb AWMM
Admitted to NZ Mounted Field Ambulance, 7 August 1915 (diarrhoea); transferred to 15th Stationary Hospital, Mudros, 9 August 1915; discharged from Convalescent Depot, 27 September 1915; rejoined unit, 31 September 1915.
Disembarked Alexandria, 28 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).
Appointed Company Cook, 10 March 1916.
Embarked Egypt to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 6 April 1916.
On leave to United Kingdom, 11 August 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 25 August 1917.
Detached to 2nd Brigade School, 24 November 1917; rejoined unit, 5 January 1918.
On leave to Paris, 19 February 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 1 March 1918.
On leave to United Kingdom, 29 August 1918; rejoined unit (date illegible).
Relinquished appointment of Cook, 26 December 1918.
Commenced return to New Zealand on board HMNZT 'Hororata', 1 February 1919; discharged (termination of period of engagement), 13 April 1919.
Total war service: 4 years 238 days (of which 4 years 151 days were abroad) AWMM
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Bill Bell was one of four Southland brothers who fought in World War 1. Another three of his brothers fought in World War 2. The eldest brother, Jim, was in the Royal Scots Fusiliers; the others were in the NZ Army. One of the four brothers, Tom, fought in both World War 1 and World War 2, so there were four Bell brothers at World War 1 and four Bell brothers at World War 2.
Public - Neill - Other relative - 28 March 2018
All but one survived, but one's wounds were particularly severe and another brother was badly shell shocked. Geordie was killed on Crete, where three of the four Bell boys who were at World War 2 fought.
Bill's family of eight boys and two girls migrated to Southland from Straiton, Ayrshire, in 1911. Another son was born in New Zealand. Bill was second eldest in the family, which farmed at Forest Hill, Southland.
After World War 1, Bill and one of his brothers who had also been fighting in France, Frank, went
- New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
Page No: 48 AWMM
- NZEF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AWMM
|28 March 2018||Neill||Christchurch||Other relative||
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