Topic: William Eric David Bell (1910-1945)

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Tauranga post and telegraph linesman William Eric David Bell received severe head wounds whilst fighting in Egypt. He was returned to New Zealand as medically unfit, and died in 1945.

William Eric David Bell (1910-1945)William Eric David Bell was born on 1 April 1910. He attended Tauranga District High School where his father had been headmaster. He worked as a post and telegraph linesman.

He embarked on 1 February 1941 with the Engineers 8th Company as a sapper for Egypt.

He was wounded whilst fighting, received severe head wounds.

William was returned to New Zealand as being medically unfit. He was admitted to Paeroa Services Hospital where he died on 20 July 1945. He was buried in Tauranga Anglican Cemetery.

William is remembered in Tauranga's Memorial Grove, two rows of totara trees located on Fifteenth Avenue which stand as a memorial to 41 former Tauranga District High School students killed during World War II (1939-1945).

Memorial Grove (Tauranga)

 

Sources:

Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand)

Reunion leads to hunt for war dead - research by Betty Eaton-Woodcock (Bay of Plenty Times, 25 April 2011, pp. 10-11).

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William Eric David Bell (1910-1945)


Year:1945
Note:Service Number: 36200
First Names:William Eric David
Last Name:Bell
Date of Birth:1 April 1910
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:20 July 1945
Place of death:Paeroa Services Hospital
Place of burial:Tauranga Anglican Cemetery
Occupation:Linesman
Spouses name:Dorothy Zillah Beatrice Bell
Spouses date of birth:11 July 1913
Spouses date of death:2000
Fathers name:Alexander Bell
Mothers name:Mabel Annandale Pickett
Mothers date of birth:3 November 1885
Mothers place of birth:Te Aroha, New Zealand
Mothers date of death:1975
Mothers place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Military Service:World War II (1939-1945)

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