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John Harry Lambert BELL

Regimental number1415
Place of birthCrystal Brook, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationFarmer
AddressTintinara, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 10.5"
Weight171 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs. Elizabeth Bell, Angas Road, Clarence Park, South Australia
Previous military serviceMember of the Tintinara Rifle Club.
Enlistment date16 June 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Light Horse Regiment, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/8/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Light Horse Regiment
FateReturned to Australia 15 February 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Eleanor BELL; Wife: Jessie Ross BELL
Discharge date6 May 1918
Other details

War service: reverted to rank of Pte from Acting Corporal, Khataba, 29 December 1915, and absorbed in to Western Frontier Force.

Admitted to No 2 Stationary Hospital, Port Said, 30 August 1916 (septic ulcers); discharged to Base, 24 September 1916; rejoined 3rd Light horse Regiment, Kantara, 26 September 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 7 November 1916; Temporary Corporal, 10 June 1917; relinquished rank of Temporary Corporal, 27 July 1917.

Attended 28th Hotchkiss Gun Course, Imperial School of Instruction; classified Instructor (date/s not recorded).

Appointed Corporal, Essni, 14 September 1917.

Wounded in action, 31 October 1917 (gun shot wound, left arm and shoulder); admitted to 65th Casualty Clearing Station, 1 November 1917; transferred to 43rd Stationary Hospital, and then to 24th Stationary Hospital, 4 November 1917; to 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 5 November 1917.

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HT 'Ulysses', 15 February 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 18 March 1918, for overland travel to Adelaide; discharged (medically unfit), Adelaide, 6 May 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death19 August 1933
Age at death40
Place of burialAIF Cemetery (Row 3 South, Grave No. 31 East), West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia

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