Hewitt Henry BELL

BELL, Hewitt Henry

Service Number: 4434
Enlisted: 21 September 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 57th Infantry Battalion
Born: Williamstown, Victoria, Australia, 1890
Home Town: Yarra Junction, Yarra Ranges, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Sawmiller
Died: Killed in Action, France, 28 October 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Yarra Junction Avenue of Honour, Yarra Junction War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

21 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 4434, 7th Infantry Battalion
28 Jan 1916: Involvement Private, 4434, 7th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '9' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Themistocles embarkation_ship_number: A32 public_note: ''
28 Jan 1916: Embarked Private, 4434, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
1 Apr 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 57th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Hewitt Bell enlisted the same day as his brother 4435 David Mckenzie Bell. Both served in the 57th Battalion which was in the process of taking over part of the line at Flers on the 28 October 1916. Both brothers were killed in action on this date with no details of how they died being recorded in their files. They were recorded as both being buried at map location Albert Combined 1/40000 N.24 a.7. 1/2 1.1/2 but both graves were lost during the war and they are remembered on the Australian National Memorial at Villers Bretonneux.