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Ernest BELL

Regimental number345
Place of birthHeywood, Victoria
SchoolHeywood State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressHepwood, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7.5"
Weight161 lbs
Next of kinFather, E Bell, 220 Rathmines Road, Hawthorn, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date23 September 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/13/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A16 Star of Victoria on 25 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Light Horse Regiment
FateKilled in Action 1 December 1917
Place of death or woundingPalestine
Age at death23
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialRamleh War Cemetery (Row M, Grave No. 67), Palestine
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George Thomas and Sarah BELL, Heywood, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Palestine

Embarked Alexandria for Gallipoli, 16 March 1915; admitted to New Zealand Field Ambulance, Gallipoli, 20 June 1915 (contusion, left ankle); transferred to sweeper, 21 June 1915; to 15th Stationary Hospital, Lemnos Island, 21 June 1915; embarked for Alexandria, 3 July 1915; admitted to No 2 General Hospital, Ghezireh, 3 July 1915 (influenza); transferred to Convalescent Camp, Ras-el-Tin, 6 July 1915; admitted to No 14 Receiving Hospital, 14 August 1915; discharged to unit, 15 August 1915; admitted to 15th General Hospital, Alexandria, 11 September 1915; transferred to British Red Cross Convalescent Hospital, Montasah, 11 September 1915 (pneumonia); discharged to duty, 25 October 1915; marched into Australian Overseas Base, 26 October 1915; embarked Alexandria for Mudros Bay, 3 November 1915; marched into Anzac Advanced Base, 8 November 1915.

Disembarked Mudros Bay for Alexandria, 10 January 1916; marched into Australian Overseas Base, Alexandria, 10 January 1916.

Taken on strength, 3rd Light Horse Training Regiment, Tel-el-Kebir, 24 June 1916.

Transferred to 8th Light Horse Regiment, 23 July 1916; taken on strength, Ballybunion, 24 July 1915.

To hospital, Masaid, 20 February 1917; admitted to 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance, 21 February 1917 (enteritis); transferred to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Mahamdiya, 21 February 1917; to 24th Stationary Hospital, Kantara, 26 February 1917 (colitis); to 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 2 March 1917; discharged to 3rd Light Horse Training Regiment, 22 March 1917; taken on strength, Moascar, 22 March 1917.

Detached to Imperial School of Instruction, Zeitoun, 3 April 1917; passed Hotchkiss Course as Gunner, 14 April 1917; returned to unit, 14 April 1917 ; transferred to 8th Light Horse Regiment, 17 April 1917; taken on strength, Mendue, 18 April 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, Shellal, 26 May 1917.

Detached to Australian Mounted Division Headquarters, 8 November 1917; rejoined unit, 30 November 1917.

Killed in action, Palestine, 1 December 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BELL Ernest

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