Henry BELL

BELL, Henry

Service Number: 6713
Enlisted: 12 September 1916, Bowen, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 15th Infantry Battalion
Born: Charters Towers, Queensland, November 1896
Home Town: Proserpine, Whitsunday, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 18 August 1917
Cemetery: Messines Ridge British Cemetery
Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Messines, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Atherton War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Proserpine War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

12 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 6713, Bowen, Queensland
17 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 6713, 15th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
17 Nov 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 6713, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Kyarra, Brisbane
18 Aug 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 6713, 15th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Ian Ross

 "...6713 Private Henry Bell, 15th Battalion, of Proserpine, Qld... Pte Bell, a labourer prior to enlisting in September 1916, embarked from Brisbane with the 22nd Reinforcements on board HMAT Kyarra (A55) on 17 November 1916. The reinforcements arrived in England in January 1917 and undertook further training at Folkestone. They arrived in France on 4 May 1917 and joined up with the 15th Battalion a few days later. The unit moved into Belgium to take part in the advance towards the Hindenburg Line and Pte Bell was killed in action near Messines, Belgium on 18 August 1917. He was 27 years of age." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)