Thomas Bell

First Name: 
Thomas
Last Name: 
Bell
Mother's Name: 
Sarah Bell
Father's Name: 
Thomas Bell
Date Enlisted: 
Thursday, April 6, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Lance Corporal
Unit: 
13th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Details: 

Thomas Bell (Service No 6215) was born in Adamstown, N.S.W. around 1888.  In 1908 he married Elsie Mansfield at Woonona, N.S.W.

Thomas enlisted at Kiama, N.S.W. when he was 28 years old.  He and Elsie lived at Thirroul and Thomas was employed as a coal miner.

Thomas embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A14 Euripides with 20th Reinforcements, 13th Battalion on 9th September 1916.  The troops arrived in England on 26th October 1916, and after further training Thomas was sent to France, arriving on 2nd January 1917.  On 4th February 1917 Thomas was wounded during battle.  He was evacuated to hospital in England for treatment of gun shot wounds to his right buttock on 7th February 1917.

Thomas returned to his unit on 13th May 1917 and served on the Western Front until the war ended.

On 7th October 1918 he was promoted to Lance Corporal.

Thomas returned to Australia in May 1919 and was discharged on 12th August 1919.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, BELL T

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