David McKenzie BELL

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BELL, David McKenzie

Service Numbers: 4435, 4436
Enlisted: 18 September 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 7th Infantry Battalion
Born: Newport, Victoria, Australia, 1892
Home Town: Yarra Junction, Yarra Ranges, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Butcher
Died: Killed in action, France, 28 October 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Warburton RSL Gallipoli Memorial, Yarra Junction War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

18 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4435, 7th Infantry Battalion
28 Jan 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4436, 7th Infantry Battalion
28 Jan 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4436, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

His father stated that he had served in Launching Place Rifle Club for 3 months before enlistment.

David Bell enlisted the same day as his brother 4434 Hewitt Henry Bell. Both served in the 57th Battalion with consecutive regimental numbers. The unit 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.

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