Private George Bell

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Reference WMO/275185


New Luce Parish Church

New Luce



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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Addition to Gravestone
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Other
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Addition to family gravestone. George Bell is named on the War Memorials at Balmaclellan and Corsock. George Lavender Bell – age 29 – Private (275) 11th Battalion, Australian Infantry. Enlisted September 1914 at Perth, Western Australia. He left from Freemantle in November 1914 for Egypt. In early March 1915 his battalion moved to the island of Lemnos and a month later received orders to prepare to make amphibious assault at Gallipoli. On 25 April the 1st Australian Division landed at ANZAC Beach. George was reported missing presumed killed that day, but in 1919 his remains were found and interred. (Source: Service record at the National Archives of Australia) Born 1885 in McLellan Street, Govan. (GRoS – Birth Registers for New Luce, Wigtownshire and Plantation, Glasgow) Son of Jane Bell and step-son of James McFadzean of Brighouse Farm, Corsock in Balmaclellan Parish. (Source:CWGC and Service record at NAA) Killed in Action – 25 April 1915. Commonwealth War Grave – Plugge's Plateau Cemetery, Anzac, Gallipoli, Turkey. He had worked with his cousins on the family farm at Coorow in Western Australia. One of them, Thomas McGill, is named on the Mochrum WM in Port William.
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