Bertram Thomas KELL

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KELL, Bertram Thomas

Service Number: 965
Enlisted: 8 December 1915, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, 5 March 1895
Home Town: North Fremantle, Fremantle, Western Australia
Schooling: North Fremantle State School
Occupation: Iron Worker
Died: Died of wounds (shell), France, 8 August 1918, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Vignacourt British Cemetery
Plot V, Row B, Grave No. 14.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Fremantle Fallen Sailors & Soldiers Memorial, North Fremantle Cenotaph
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World War 1 Service

8 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 965, Perth, Western Australia
6 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 965, 44th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
6 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 965, 44th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suevic, Fremantle
18 Feb 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 44th Infantry Battalion
18 Apr 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 28th Infantry Battalion
26 Sep 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 28th Infantry Battalion
8 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 28th Infantry Battalion, The Battle of Amiens

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Biography

Mother  Emily Reay & Step-father  William Reay, living at Ocean View, Bay Road,
North Fremantle, Western Australia.

8/2/1922 mother stated to AIF:
"the boy's father left family and WA in 1907, never providing support to family,
 courts granted a divorce in 1910.  1912 remarried to William Reay.  
 Unfortunately in 1920 William was accidentally killed."

Next of kin in service:
Brother:             3867  Alfred Edward Kell
                          15/11/1915 Enlisted as Private in 1st Anzac Cyclist Battalion
                          12/2/1916  Embarked Fremantle, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades
                          11/5/1919  Returned to Australia
                          as a Sapper in Australian Corps Singal Company
                          wife Mrs Dorothy Emily Kell

Brother-in-law: 2885 Pte William Thomas BROWNE
                          1/9/1916  Enlisted in Fremantle as a Private in 48th Battalion
                          9/9/1916  Embarked Fremantle on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire
                          15/2/1919 Died of broncho-pneumonia
                          buried in: Belgrade Cemetery (Plot IV, Row B, Grave No 12)
                          wife Mrs Lillian Emma Browne, living at Ocean View, Bay Road, North Fremantle WA

Previously served:  85th Infantry - Naval Reserve

Described on enlisting as 20 years 8 months old; single; 5' 10" tall; 134 lbs;
fresh complexion; blue eyes; brown hair; Weslyan.

29/11/1915      Took Oath in Perth, Western Australia

8/12/1915        Enlisted in Perth, Western Australia

1/1-6/3/1916   Signal School

3/6/1916         Commanding Officer appointed Bertram to Regiment of Signallers
                       44th Battalion

6/6/1916         Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A29 Suevic
                       as a Private in the 44th Infantry Battalion, Head Quarters
21/7/1916       disembarked into Plymouth, England

29/11/1916      proceeded overseas to France, ex Southampton, England

3/1/1917         joined No.5 Officers Cadet Battalion, Trinity College, Cambridge

14/5/1917       Proceeded overseas to France, ex Tidsworth, England

15/5/1917       Transferred to 28th Battalion, Etaples, France

18/5/1917       Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant

24/8/1917       to Divisional Signallers Class, France
9/9/1917         rejoined battalion

14/9/1917       to Corps School, France
26/9/1917       To be Lieutenant 28th Battalion
31/10/1917      rejoined 28th battalion

4/12/1917       attached for Liaison Course AFC
8/12/1917       rejoined 28th Battalion

14/1/1918       proceeded on furlough (leave) to England
29/1/1918       rejoined 28th battalion

10/5/1918       wounded in action - gun shot wound to head
                      admitted to 12th Australian Field Ambulance
                      admitted to train
11/5/1918       admitted to No.8 General Hospital, Rouen, France
21/5/1918       discharged to Depot

8/8/1918         shell wound to head (2nd occassion)
                       admitted to 20th Casualty Clearing Station

8/8/1918         died of shell wound to head - sustained in action

26/8/1918       buried in: Vignacourt British Cemetery, France
                                      8 miles North-North Wst of Amiens                 
                                     Plot V, Row B, Grave No. 14. 

Medals:
British War medal (40771); Victory medal (40357); Memorial Plaque
and Memorial Scroll (358042).

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  28/2/2015.  Lest we forget.

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