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James Joseph Thomas BELL

Regimental number1023
Place of birthGundagai New South Wales
SchoolState Public School, Gundagai, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressGundagai, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs W Bell, Gundngai, New South Wales
Enlistment date1 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularWounded at Gallipoli; died on hospital ship 'Gascoyne' bound for Alexandria.
FateDied of wounds 29 June 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death29 June 1915 (died at sea)
Age at death22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 13), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1385 Gunner Louis Augustus BELL, 4th Field Artillery Brigade, killed in action, 26 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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