Thomas Henry Bell

First Name: 
Thomas
Middle Name: 
Henry
Last Name: 
Bell
Date of Birth: 
Monday, November 28, 1892
Mother's Name: 
Catherine Bell (nee Dixon)
Father's Name: 
Henry Bell
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, September 6, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
20th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Monday, April 8, 1918
Place of Death: 
France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Thomas Bell (Service No 3770) was born at Mount Keira, via Wollongong, N.S.W.   In 1905 he married Beatrice Campbell.

When Thomas enlisted he was 32 years old and working as a miner.

Thomas embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A54 Runic with 9th Reinforcements, 20th Battalion, on 20th January 1916.  He arrived in Egypt on 26th February 1916 and was sent on to France, arriving there on 25th March 1916.

Thomas served on the Western Front until 25th September 1916 when he was admitted to hospital with a knee injury.  Over the next 18 months he was to be admitted to hospital due to this ongoing knee problem a number of times.  He returned to his unit in Belgium for the last time on 18th February 1918 and served as a stretcher bearer for his Company.

On 8th April 1918, Thomas was sleeping in his dugout when it was hit by a shell, and he was killed instantly.

Thomas is buried in Hangard Communal Cemetery  Extension, France: Plot I, Row H, Grave 15.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, BELL T

Add new comment

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.