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George William Joseph BELL

Regimental number9293
Place of birthWarracknabeal, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation overseer
AddressY.W.C.A., 189 Liverpool Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMrs M Bell, Y.W.C.A., 189 Liverpool Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date23 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 4, Reinforcement 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work at Herleville on 23 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 26 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 11 May 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Given name George William

Military Medal

'At HERLEVILLE during the operations on the morning of the 23rd instant, these telephonists [66512 W.M. LECKEY, 10143 R. DONNELLY, 10473 N. SHILLINGLAW, 9293 G.W.G. BELL] formed part of the F.O. party. During the day these men worked under great difficulty from the Forward O.P. station to the relay post under heavy fire and due to an utter disregard for personal safety succeeded in maintaining the line except for short periods. The F.O. Officer was thereby enabled to send back information of considerable tactical importance as regards the line held by our own Infantry, flash bearings of hostile batteries shelling our new positions, and enemy movement likely to develop into a counter-attack. Their conduct is deserving of special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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