Kenneth Allan BELL


BELL, Kenneth Allan

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 22 June 1915
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 19th Infantry Battalion
Born: Glebe, New South Wales, Australia, 22 October 1889
Home Town: Ashfield, Ashfield, New South Wales
Schooling: Petersham Superior School; Sydney Grammar School; Sydney University, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: University Student
Died: Killed In Action, Pozieres, France, 26 July 1916, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Pozières British Cemetery
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Memorials: Ashfield Presbyterian Church Great War Memorial Window, Sydney Grammar School WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

22 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, 19th Infantry Battalion
11 Mar 1916: Involvement Lieutenant, 19th Infantry Battalion
11 Mar 1916: Embarked Lieutenant, 19th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Orsova, Sydney
26 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 19th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Robert Aitken and Amelia Laura BELL

Lieut. Kenneth Allan Bell, elder son of Mr. Robert A. Bell, managing director of the North Coast S.N. Compnny, has been killed in France. He was in his 27th year, and was educated at the Petersham Superior Public School and at the Sydney Grammar School. He was then apprenticed to the Veragean Shipping Company on the ship Verngean, and was shipwrecked on the Cardiff coast. After  he loss of the Veragean he was transferred to the ship Craigerne, and upon the  vessel being sold in Antwerp he joined the steamer Ben Vrackle, and finished his time on the Allan line, trading between Philadelphia and 
Liverpool. After securing his Board of Trade certificate, as second officer, he entered the offices of the Aisla Ship-buildyng Yards, at
Troon, near Glasgow, and spent six months in the drawing department. He returned to Sydney as third officer of the North Coast Company's new steamer Wollongbar a few years ago, and then entered the University with the object of studying law, his desire being to practice as a barrister with a practical knowledge of navigation and ship-building. He was in his third year at the
University when he enlisted. The last letter received from him by his parents was datd July 5, and he then stated that he had been asked to take charge of an entrenched party of the First Anzacs.