John Edward Bell (1889-1917)

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John Edward Bell was born in Turakina on 27 July 1889 (reg. 1889/8300). His parents were Edward and Mary Bell (nee Watt). John enlisted at Urenui for World War I (1914-1918), his medical details being taken at Trentham on 30 December 1914. His pulse was found to be high, but the medical officer remarked that 'he came from the bush a fortnight ago and has been smoking heavily, taking a fair amount of liquor'. He was a Gunner (Service No. 2/1132) with the Field Artillery, embarking along with his younger brother Alexander and the 4th Reinforcements from Wellington on 17 April 1915 aboard either the Willochra or Knight Templar or Waitomo for Suez, Egypt. John was wounded in Dardanelles on 4 October 1915. He was wounded again on the 28 February 1917 and admitted to hospital in France, being discharged from hospital on 10 April 1917. He served at Egypt, Gallipoli, France and Belgium. John was serving with the New Zealand Field Artillery, 5th Battery when he was killed in Belgium on 17 June 1917 (reg. 1918/56089). He was buried at Strand Military Cemetery, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium (Ref: VI. B. 1.). Text by Debbie McCauley. Photograph: Auckland Weekly News (1917).

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John Edward Bell (1889-1917)


First Names:John Edward
Last Name:Bell
Date of Birth:27 July 1889
Place of Birth:Turakina, New Zealand
City:New Zealand
Year:1917

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