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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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