Graham BELL MM

BELL, Graham

Service Number: 7462
Enlisted: 23 January 1917, Brisbane, Qld.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1)
Born: Rockhampton, Qld., 7 March 1892
Home Town: Rockhampton, Rockhampton, Queensland
Schooling: Coorparoo State School
Occupation: Grazier
Died: 17 March 1964, aged 72 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Coorparoo Roll of Honor, Coorparoo Roll of Honor, Coorparoo State School Honour Roll, Queensland Garden of Remembrance (Pinnaroo), Qld
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World War 1 Service

23 Jan 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 7462, 15th Infantry Battalion, Brisbane, Qld.
14 Jun 1917: Involvement Private, 7462, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '11' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Hororata embarkation_ship_number: A20 public_note: ''
14 Jun 1917: Embarked Private, 7462, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), HMAT Hororata, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Robert BELL and Jane Hill nee SIRRAT, Cavendish Raod, Coorparoo South Brisbane

Military Medal

'On 29th September, 1918, during operations South of BONY, Private BELL did excellent work as a Company Runner, when the Company was engaged in mopping-up the Hindenburg Line. On the evening of the 29th September, 1918 he had to pass through a heavy enemy machine gun barrage no less than three difference times, carrying messages from the front line to the support line. As the messages were very urgent, he had to make his runs over the top of the ground, as going through the Communication Trench, which was some distance away, would take far too long. In the early morning of 30th September, 1918, he again did excellent work in carrying messages to advanced Battalion Headquarters under heavy enemy Artillery Fire. Owing to Private BELL'S devotion to duty and promptness in delivering messages, several enemy strong points were overcome.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919