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ID number P09291.058
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative 120 safety basese


Portrait of 3365 Private (Pte) John Samuel Bell, 50th Battalion from McLaren Vale, South Australia. A 21 year old labourer prior to enlisting on 12 December 1916, he embarked for overseas with the 9th Reinforcements of the 50th Battalion from Adelaide on 10 February 1917 aboard HMAT Seang Bee. Following further training in England, he proceeded to Belgium where he joined the 50th Battalion on 21 September 1917. Five days later, he was killed in action at Passchendaele on 26 September 1917 and buried in the Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke, Belgium. His older brother, 4733 Pte Roderick James Bell also served with the 50th Battalion and was killed in action at Messines, Belgium and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres, Belgium. [See image P09291.057.]