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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: Military personnel file
Further References: The Volunteers. Vol 18, October 1992. No. 2.
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