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James BELL

Regimental number1991
Place of birthAntrim, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
Address44 Wigram Road, Glebe Point, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 8"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Bell, French's Park, Randals Town, Co Antrim, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date28 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 October 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Light Horse Regiment, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/12/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A57 Malakuta on 16 March 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1991A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Light Horse Regiment
FateReturned to Australia 19 August 1919
Discharge date2 November 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt

Embarked Sydney, 16 March 1916; taken on strength of 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment, Tel el Kabir, Egypt, 23 April 1916; taken on strength of 2nd Double Squadron, Serapeum, 6 July 1916; taken on strength of 4th Australian Camel Regiment, Abbassia, 2 November 1916; taken on strength of 17th Company, Imperial Camel Brigade, 7 February 1917.

Admitted to General Hospital, 19 July 1917; transferred to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, El Arish, 21 July 1917; to 14th Convalescent Home, Abbassia 25 July 1917; to 6th Convalescent Depot, 3 August 1917; discharged to Base Details and marched in to Australian Base Depot, Abbassia, 21 August 1917.

Posted to 4th Bn, 7 September 1917; taken on strength of 17th Company, 11 September 1917.

Admitted to 1st Light Horse Field Ambulance, Jaffa, 30 November 1917 (septic); discharged to unit, 5 December 1917; rejoined unit in the field, 6 December 1917.

Wounded in action and admitted to Field Ambulance, 27 March 1918 (gun shot wound to head).

Marched in to Isolation Camp, Moascar, 23 June 1918; marched in to 5th Brigade Details Camp, 17 June 1918; marched out of Details Camp, 23 June 1918; marched in to 4th Light Horse Regiment, 24 July 1918; taken on strength of 12th Light Horse Regiment, 29 July 1918; taken on strength of 4th Anzac Bn, 31 July 1918; marched out to Base Details, 18 April 1919; embarked Port Said, 1 May 1919; disembarked Southampton, England, and granted leave, 14 May 1919; marched in to No 1 Camp, Longbridge Deverill, 17 June 1919; marched in to No 2 Group, Sutton Veny, 26 July 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ajana', 19 August 1919; disembarked Sydney, 9 October 1919; discharged, 2 November 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BELL James

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