The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private J A Bell


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Private Joseph Alfred BELL, G/20454, 6th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, (formerly 34042, Middlesex Regiment), killed in action, Flanders, France, 17th March 1918, age 19. 

13th / 30th December 1898, born Poplar, Middlesex, son of James & Mary Ann Bell, of London.


1911 Census - 545 Manchester Road, Poplar, E. - James Bell, head, age 47, married, driller, boiler works, born Poplar, London; Mary Ann Bell, wife, age 45, married 26 years, 11 children, all still alive, born Millwall; James Bell, son, age 25, single, carman, contractor, born Millwall; Albert Bell, son, age 18, single, milkman, born Millwall; Mary Ann Bell, daughter, age 16, single, born Millwall, deaf & dumb; Violet Bell, daughter, age 13, born Millwall; Joe Bell, son, age 12, born Millwall; Alexander Bell, son, age 9, born Millwall; Ethel Bell, daughter, age 7, born Millwall.


Enlisted poplar, age 17, height 5ft 5 inches, weight 114lbs, scar on right jaw. Resided 545 Manchester Road, Poplar, E. Formerly seaman.

Home 6th November 1916 to 28th January 1918; BEF 29th January 1918 to 17th March 1918.

6th November 1916, enlisted; 7th November 1916, to Army Reserve; 16th February 1917, mobilized; 17th February 1917, posted 97th Training Reserve Battalion; 21st June 1917, transferred & posted 209th Infantry Battalion, 51st (Grad) Training Reserve; 1st December 1917, posted BEF & Middlesex Regiment; 27th December 1917, Sheringham, when on final leave, overstaying his pass from 22.30 until 21.50 28th, deprived of 4 days pay, forfeits 2 days pay; 29th January 1918, 41st Battalion, Middlesex, Infantry Base Depot, Etaples; 31st January 1918, transferred to 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment.

9th October 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, James Bell, 545 Manchester Road, Poplar, London, E14; Mother Mary Ann  Bell, 545 Manchester Road, Poplar, London, E14; Brothers - James Bell, age 35, 4 Landseer Terrace William Robert Bell, age 30, 545 Manchester Road, Poplar, London, E14; Henry Bell, age 28, Durham Fire Command, RGA Hartlepool; Sisters - Lilian May Stammers, age 32, 12 Cambridge Road, Walton on Thames; Ethel Bell, age 10, 545 Manchester Road, Poplar, London, E14.

Buried at Ration Farm Military Cemetery, La Chapelle-d'Armentieres, IV.B.4., Nord, France.


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