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Richard Turner BELL

Regimental number2271
Place of birthUlverstone, Tasmania
SchoolState School, Ulverstone, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPostal assistant
AddressCastra Road, Ulverstone, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, James Bell, Castra Road, Ulverstone, Tasmania
Previous military serviceServed in the Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date20 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 4 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 7 August 1915
Place of death or woundingLone Pine, Gallipoli, Turkey
Date of death7 August 1915
Age at death20
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 45), 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.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
74
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Ulverstone Cemetery, Tasmania. Parents: James Hope and Agnes BELL.
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2240 Pte Antony Stuart BELL, 51st Bn, returned to Australia, 5 April 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

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