Eric Chalcroft BELL


BELL, Eric Chalcroft

Service Number: 739
Enlisted: 24 November 1914, Oaklands, South Australia
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 3rd Light Horse Regiment
Born: Basket Range, South Australia, 5 January 1893
Home Town: Basket Range, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Schooling: Basket Range Public School
Occupation: Electric motorman
Died: Killed in Action, Monash Valley, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 19 May 1915, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli
Grave 38. Also Panel 3 at the AWM, Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Basket Range WW1 Memorial, Gawler Council Gawler Men Who Answered the Call WW1 Roll of Honor, Glandore State Wards & Orphans Honour Roll, St Peters Heroes War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

24 Nov 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 739, Oaklands, South Australia
29 Jan 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 739, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
29 Jan 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 739, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Mashobra, Melbourne
19 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 739, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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(Birth and parent details from SA Births 1842 - 1906 Book: 514 Page: 274 District: Nor.)

Father  John BELL and  Mother  Dorcas (nee Tappers)
living at Botanic Street, Hackney, SA

Wife:  Mrs Mary Elizabeth Nellie Bell, 11 Botanic Street, Hackney SA
          (b. _____ - d. 1933)

3 daughters:
Eva Bell, living at Norwood (b. 1913 - d. ____)
- married Katsaros, then living at Sylvania Heights, NSW (age 55yrs in 1968)
Dulcie Lorna Bell, living at Norwood
Erica Chalcroft Bell, living at Norwood

Next of kin in service (brother-in-laws):
Driver     J A Harrell - killed in action, France,
Gunner   F G Harrell - wounded, France
Private   W M Harrell - wounded, Gallipoli

Previous service:
2 years Australian Light Horse

Described on enlisting as 21 years 11 months old; married; 5' 8" tall; 140 lbs;
dark complexion; bluish-green eyes; dark hair; Methodist

27/11/1914       completed medical

28/11/1914       Enlisted at Oaklands

28/1/1915         Commanding Officer appointed Eric to 3rd reinforcements
                         3rd Light Horse Regiment,  Morphettville Camp

29/1/1915         Embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT Mashobra A47
                         3rd reinforcements, 3rd Light Horse Regiment

19/4/1915         Taken on strength into 3rd Light Horse Regiment

9/5/1915           Proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Forces

19/5/1915         Killed in action
buried by:         Reverand G Green
buried in:          New Monash Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli

reburied in:       Grave 38
                        Shrapnel Valley Cemetery
                        400 yards south east of Anzac Cove
                        Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey

1914-15 Star (3248); British War medal (7382); Victory medal (7409)
Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (319233)

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  3/12/2014   Lest we forget.