Eric Horace Bell
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|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|
5'5½" (1.66m) tall ; 125 lbs|
56.699 kg; fresh complexion ; grey eyes ; dark brown hair
|Address||No 1 Mill, Jarrahdale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs Louisa Jane Bell|
|Date of Enlistment||16 Oct 1916|
|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|
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
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.
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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