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32499   Lance Corporal William John Albert Bell
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 18/02/2019
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Otago Regiment (New Zealand Army)
Date Of Birth: 20/11/1888
Died: 21/02/1918 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 29
William John Albert Bell was a son of John Bell and Margaret Ann Bell. William was born on 20th November 1888 in the Moneymore area. His mother was a hotel keeper in Hanover Square in Coagh. His father was a Sergeant in the Royal Irish Constabulary. Like his father, William J A Bell joined the Royal Irish Constabulary about 1907. He served in Fermanagh and at Brown Square Barracks in Belfast. He served 5 years with them. William resigned and emigrated to New Zealand. William enlisted on 25th July 1916. Lance Corporal William Bell was wounded twice, once in the leg and again in the neck. Lance Corporal William Bell was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Otago Regiment when he died of wounds on 21st February 1918. He was 30 years old.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
  Poperinghe, West-Vlaanderen, 2
Grave Ref: Grave 27-E-8a
CWGC Casualty 433076
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery is located 12 Kms west of Ieper town centre, on the Boescheepseweg, a road leading from the N308 connecting Ieper to Poperinge. From Ieper town centre the Poperingseweg (N308) is reached via Elverdingsestraat, then over two small roundabouts in the J. Capronstraat. The Poperingseweg is a continuation of the J. Capronstraat and begins after a prominent railway level crossing. On reaching Poperinge, the N308 joins the left hand turning onto the R33, Poperinge ring road. The R33 ring continues to the left hand junction with the N38 Frans-Vlaanderenweg. 800 metres along the N38 lies the left hand turning onto Lenestraat. The next immediate right hand turning leads onto Boescheepseweg. The cemetery itself is located 2 Kms along Boescheepseweg on the right hand side of the road.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Coagh War Memorial Coagh
2 Coagh Soldiers and Sailors War Memorial 2013 - WW1- Panel 1 Coagh
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 244
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Bell family 1901 census lists 'Albert' as age 12 living with the family at house 14 in Hanover Street, Coagh
2 1911 Census lists Bell family Does not list William as living with the family at house 5 in Ballygonny More, Springhill, Londonderry
3 Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery Information on William John Albert Bell including grave photo
4 Magherafelt War Dead Also listed on Magherafelt War Dead
5 New Zealand Cenotaph Details of L/Corp William John Albert Bell
6 New Zealand War Records Full set of military documents for William John Albert Bell (18 pages)
7 NOK Address in Ireland Ballygolly, Coagh, Ireland
8 War Graves Photographic Project Gravestone photo of William Bell
9 War Graves Photographic Project Gravestone photo of William Bell can be purchased here.
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