|Service Number||SN 7213|
|Age of Enlistment||35 years 7 months|
|Place of Enlistment||Blackboy Hill, WA|
|Place of Birth||Manchester, UK|
|Previous Military Experience||Nil|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address History||c/- Mrs Morton Craig, West Guildford, WA|
|Cause of Death or Invalided||
KIA (Killed in Action)
Embarked Fremantle per HMAT A28 ‘Miltiades’ for England 29.1.1917.
Roll Rank Private.
Roll Unit 24th Reinforcement, 11th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force.
Bell disembarked at Devonport with the 11th Battalion, 24th Reinforcement 27.3.1917. He marched in to the 3rd Training Battalion at Durrington. Bell proceeded overseas to France 30.7.1917. He was taken on strength with 28th Battalion 21.8.1917 and fought in the trenches on the Somme. Bell was KIA in the Field by a shell at Linnecorbe Woods, Ypres, Belgium 20.9.1917 (Australian War Memorial Red Cross files). He was buried in the field. His remains were later re-interred to Hooge Crater Cemetery (112. Part 1 A-L. Row B) Zillebeke, Belgium (2 miles East of Ypres). The memorial site is now recorded as Hooge Crater Cemetery. Passchendaele, West Vlaanderen, Flanders, Belgium.
Final Rank Private, 11th Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force.
Medical Condition Deceased, KIA.
Awards and Medals British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Photos HMAT 'Miltiades'. Photographer unknown, photograph source AWM P08559.001
AWM P08559.001. HMAT 'Miltiades'. Photographer unknown, photograph sourced from the Pictorial Collection of the Australian War Memorial
Australian War Memorial Embarkation Roll- James Bell
Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour- James Bell
Guildford War Memorial
NAA: B2455 Bell J 7213
Wesley Chapel Fallen
Wesley Chapel Honour Roll
West Guildford, WA.
HMAT 'Miltiades'. Photographer unknown, photograph source AWM P08559.001