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Full Name
William Henry Dillon Bell
Rank Last Held
Captain
Forename(s)
William Henry Dillon
Surname
Bell
War
World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.
1/10
Gender
Male
First Known Rank
Lieutenant
Occupation before Enlistment
Member of Parliament for Wellington Suburbs
Next of Kin
Gladys Bell, Union Bank of Australia (Limited), London, England
Marital Status
Married
Enlistment Address
47 Molesworth Street, Wellington, New Zealand
Enlistment Date
1914
Military District
Wellington
Body on Embarkation
Samoan Advance Party
Embarkation Unit
Headquarters
Embarkation Date
15 August 1914
Place of Embarkation
Wellington, New Zealand
Transport
Vessel
Moeraki or Monowai
Destination
Apia, Samoa
Page on Nominal Roll
48
Other Units
  • King Edward's Horse
  • The King's Overseas Dominions Regiment
Military Awards
Mentioned in Despatches (MiD)
Last Unit Served
1st King Edward's Horse
Place of Death
Ypres, Belgium
Date of Death
31 July 1917
Age at Death
33
Year of Death
1917
Cause of Death
Killed in action
Memorial Name
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Biographical Notes
  • William Dillon Bell was the son of Hon. Sir Francis Bell, G.C.M.G., and Lady Bell, of Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Captain Dillon Bell was the first Member of Parliament to go on active service in WWI.
Archives NZ source
Further References
The Volunteers. Vol 18, October 1992. No. 2.
Sources Used
http://www.aucklandmuseum.com | Auckland Museum