Henry BELL

BELL, Henry

Service Number: 191
Enlisted: 8 July 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 29th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, November 1876
Home Town: Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria
Schooling: Corporate High School, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Insurance Agent
Died: Killed in Action, France, 19 July 1916
Cemetery: Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery
Plot I Row A Grave No. 1
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bendigo Great War Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

8 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 191, Depot Battalion
10 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 191, 29th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '16' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Ascanius embarkation_ship_number: A11 public_note: ''
10 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 191, 29th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Melbourne
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 191, 29th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

191 Private (Pte) Henry Bell, an Insurance agent of Bendigo, Victoria. Pte Bell enlisted in the 29th Battalion on 21 July 1915 and embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT Ascanius on 10 November 1915 for Suez. The Battalion remained in the Suez Canal area on training until 16 June 1916 when they embarked for France and the Western Front. Pte Bell was initially reported missing in action. Subsequently, his identity disc was received from Germany and he was reported to have been killed in action on 19 July 1916 at Fleurbaix, France, aged 39 years. After the war his grave could not be located and he was commemorated on the VC Corner Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France. In 2008 a burial ground was located at nearby Pheasant Wood containing the bodies of 250 British and Australian soldiers including Pte Bell. All of the remains were reburied in the newly created Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery. - AWM