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Full Name
Lawrence John Bell
Rank Last Held
Captain
Forename(s)
Lawrence John
Surname
Bell
War
World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.
30969
Gender
Male
Place of Birth
Skippers, Otago, New Zealand
First Known Rank
Captain
Occupation before Enlistment
Grocer's assistant
Next of Kin
Mrs L. Bell (wife), 7 Tutanekai Street, Waipukurau, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Marital Status
Divorced
Enlistment Address
7 Tutanekai Street, Waipukurau, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Military District
Waipukurau
Body on Embarkation
Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 2nd Echelon
Embarkation Unit
Headquarters, 28 (Maori) Battalion
Nominal Roll Number
WW2 2
Page on Nominal Roll
WW2 17
Campaigns
Crete
Last Unit Served
28 (Maori) Battalion
Place of Death
Crete
Date of Death
22 May 1941
Age at Death
35
Year of Death
1941
Cause of Death
Killed in action
Memorial Name
Athens Memorial, Phaleron War Cemetery, Athens, Greece
Memorial Reference
Face 13
Biographical Notes
  • Lawrence Bell was the son of Lawrence Bell and of Alice Rose Bell (nee Wilson), of Waipukurau, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.
  • Captain Bell was leading A Company when he died during the approach march on Maleme. Due to the confusion that occurred during this action, the exact circumstances of his death are unclear.
Description of Image
Portrait from The Weekly News; 23 July 1941
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Sources Used
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