George William Bell

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Aug 9, 1896

Born at Sunderland England


Feb 27, 1915

Attested into the 39th Battalion at Port Hope Ontario 

Ø      Number 412546

Ø      Next of kin given as Norman Bell, brother, with address not known

o       This was later changed to read Miss Dorothy Bell, sister, of 9 Thomas St, Black Hill, Durham, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company


May 5, 1915

Admitted to the Belleville Hospital diagnosed with Tonsillitis


May 8, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


May 21, 1915

Sentenced to 48 hours Detention.  The reason for this is not recorded in the file


Jun 17, 1915

Embarked the SS Missanabie at Montreal Quebec


Jul 4, 1915

Disembarked at Plymouth England and proceeded to the Shorncliffe Camp


Sep 9, 1915

Forfeited 2 day’s pay for absence


Sep 24, 1915

The Battalion moved to the West Sandling Camp near Hythe, Kent


Nov 24, 1915

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Nov 25, 1915

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Nov 30, 1915

Joined the 21st Battalion in the front line trenches near La Clytte


Feb 26, 1916

Admitted to the Divisional Rest Station at No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with Influenza


Mar 3, 1916

Transferred to the North Midland Division CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Mar 4, 1916

Transferred to the No 56 Field Ambulance Divisional Rest Station at Mont des Cats


Mar 11, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Feb 17, 1917          Killed in Action at 12.30 pm as noted in the service file



Ecoivres Military Cemetery
Mont St-Eloi, France

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his sister, Dorothy Bell, at 9 Thomas St, Black Hill, Durham, England.

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his brother, Norman Bell, at 2 William St, Southwick, Sunderland, England

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