Eric Horace Bell

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Eric Horace Bell
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 11 Mar 1880
Place of Birth Perth, Western Australia
Death 21 Sep 1935, aged 55
Place of Death Darlington, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 36 years, 6 months
Description 5'5½" (1.66m) tall ; 125 lbs
56.699 kg
; fresh complexion ; grey eyes ; dark brown hair
Occupation Railway employee
Religion Methodist
Address No 1 Mill, Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Louisa Jane Bell
Military Information
Reg Number 2786
Date of Enlistment 16 Oct 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 44th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement / 11th Brigade, 3rd Division
Date of Embarkation 29 Dec 1916 ‒ 3 Mar 1917
Ship Embarked On HMAT A34 Persic
Date of Return 22 Jul 1917 ‒ 13 Sep 1917
Ship Returned On HMAT A71 Nestor
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument None at present
Medals British War Medal

Pre War

During 1908 Eric had married Louisa Jane Kramer in the Blackwood district of WA. Electoral Roll entries - 1903 Balingup, labourer; 1916 at 236 Perth street, Subiaco, railway employee

War Service

Entered Blackboy Hill camp on 16 Oct 1916 and on 11 Nov 1916 was allocated to the 6th reinforcement draft for the 44th Battalion. He travelled with the draft to England, where on arrival they were sent to the 11th Training Battalion at Lark Hill, before being moved to Sutton Manderville.

By 11 Jun 1917 his health issue had come to a head and he was transferred to No 2 Command Depot in Weymouth to prepare for return to Australia.

On return to Australia spent some time in the 8th Australian General Hospital in Fremantle before being discharged by the 5th Military District on 4 Oct 1917 for medical reasons.

Post War

A daughter Ida Doreen bell was born in Toodyay during 1927.

Electoral Roll entries - 1925 Mount Helena, timber worker; 1931 Darlington, labourer


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