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John Charlton Bell

Informatie over geboorte

Geboortejaar:
1888
Geboorteplaats:
Kangaroo Ground, Victoria, Australië

Algemene Informatie

Laatst gekende woonplaats:
Yarra Glen, Victoria, Australië
Beroep:
Landbouwer
Geloof:
Presbyterian

Informatie legerdienst

Land:
Australië
Strijdmacht:
Australian Imperial Force
Rang:
Private
Service nummer:
4976
Dienstneming datum:
01/02/1916
Dienstneming plaats:
Melbourne, Victoria, Australië
Eenheden:
 —  Australian Infantry, 24th Bn. (Victoria)  (Laatst gekende eenheid)

Informatie over overlijden

Datum van overlijden:
04/10/1917
Plaats van overlijden:
Jabber Track, België
Doodsoorzaak:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Leeftijd:
29

Begraafplaats

Passchendaele New British Cemetery
Plot: XIII
Rij: C
Graf: 9

Onderscheidingen en medailles 2

British War Medal
Medaille
Victory Medal
Medaille

Points of interest 4

#1 Geboorteplaats
#2 Laatst gekende woonplaats
#3 Dienstneming plaats
#4 'Sterfteplaats'

Mijn verhaal

John Charlton Bell, a former dairy farmer, was born in December, 1888 in Kangaroo Ground, Victoria, Australia. He was the son of John and Elizabeth Bell. On February 1, 1916 he enlisted in Melbourne and embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on July 28, 1917, with the 13th reinforcement of the 24th Battalion, part of the 6th Australian Brigade of the 2nd Australian Division.

The 2nd Australian Division participated in the Battle of Broodseinde on the 4th of October 1917. It attacked with two brigades, the 6th and the 7th Australian Brigades.

The 24th Battalion was part of the 6th Brigade, which attacked on the right of the divisional front. The 22nd Battalion would take the first objective, the red line. Once they had taken this line, the 24th would pass through the 22nd on the right and the 21st would do the same on the left. The Battalion assembled before the attack at the jumping-off positions in front of Tokio, but soon moved closer to the road leading to Tokio on account of German artillery fire on and around Albania. By 4.45 a.m. the companies of the Battalion were in position at the jump-off trench. They made use of shell holes and old trench systems to form a line. Their goal were the German positions at the Broodseinde ridge, which they would reach by crossing the Zonnebeke Creek, up the rising, past De Knoet Farm and across the Broodseinde- Beselaere Road, over the crest of the ridge, and to the line, of the objective, on the forward slope.
At 5.30 a.m. moments before the Battalion would attack, the German artillery, including minenwerfers, started shelling the jump-off line. The Germans were about to attack themselves in the hope of recapturing Zonnebeke. The heavy shell fire was very destructive, killing forty men and two officers instantly. The Battalion’s strength was consequently reduced by round thirty per cent, even before the attack had commenced.

At 6 a.m. the British and Australian artillery opened fire on the German positions and the troops started to advance. The 22nd led off, followed by the 21st and 24th. Zonnebeke Lake was on the jumping-off line on the left. The three battalions had to storm the front over 3oo yards right of the lake. Once they had passed the lake the units on the left had to change direction to cover the ground allotted to them.
The German infantry was utterly surprised by the allied barrage. They were quickly dispersed, killed or taken prisoner by the advancing Australians. Docile Trench and De Knoet Farm fell without much opposition and the 22nd Battalion reached their objective by 6.50 a.m. On the right flank of the 24th Battalion the troops met resistance in Romulus Wood, but the Germans were eventually overpowered. At 7.30 a.m. the 21st and 24th moved up behind the protective barrage, reaching the second objective, the blue line at 8.10 a.m., where the dug in and prepared for eventual counterattacks.

John Charlton, aged 28, was killed in action on October 4, 1917. Private Bell was found after the war where he fell, north of Jabber Track (28.D.28.c.80.40); his remains were exhumed and reinterred at Passchendaele New British Cemetery; Plot 13, Row C, Grave 9.

Bronnen 5

24th Battalion Australian Infantry (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM4 23/41/25).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
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6th Brigade Australian Infantry (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM4 23/6/26).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
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Discovery Trails.
https://discoverytrailscomau.wordpress.com/
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First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers, 1914-1920 (National Archives of Australia, Canberra (NAA), B2455).
https://www.naa.gov.au/
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Unit embarkation nominal rolls, 1914-18 War (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM8).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
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