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Soldier profiles

Name : BELL, ERNEST JAMES (BELL, JOSEPH)
Service Number : VX18156 (VX50944)
Date of Birth : 09/03/1908
Place of Birth : MELBOURNE, VIC
Known as :
Occupation on Enlistment : LABOURER
Date of Enlistment : 28/05/1940
Locality on Enlistment : HAMILTON, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : BELL, EDITH
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : PRIVATE
Service : ARMY
Final Posting : 2/2 PIONEER BATTALION
Position / Platoon / Company (as 2/2 Pioneer) (date / details) :
Unit Transfers / Promotions (date / details) :
Theatres of War : NIL
Actions :
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : 06/12/1940
Date Died : 18/06/1942
Age at Death : 34
Community Roll of Honour : BALLARAT (VIC)
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, MYANMAR. A12. C. 8. / AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL COMMEMORATIVE AREA PANEL 56
K.I.A. (date / details) : N/A
D.O.W. (date / details) : N/A
M.I.A. (date / details) : N/A
P.O.W. (location/s) : MALAYA
Died P.O.W. (date / details) : 18/06/1942 / EXECUTED AFTER ESCAPE ATTEMPT / BURMA
P.O.W. Camps (details) : BURMA
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : NO
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial Death Circular,   Australian War Memorial A-MALAYA-981TO1008 Missing & POW Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6131429 [DIGITISED], Barcode 32460269 [OPEN]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial,   Army letter

Background : Son of Edith Jane Bell. Re-enlisted 10/03/1941 as VX50944 BELL, JOSEPH with 2/29 Australian Infantry Battalion. Lowest photo taken at re-enlistment. Occupation on re-enlistment : sail maker. Reported missing in action in Malaya 16/02/1942. Shot dead by the Japanese after attempted escape whilst prisoner of war 18/06/1942.

Service & personal summary (as 2/2 Pioneer) At enlistment : single. 1 year 8th Battalion Australian Military Forces previous military experience. At discharge : height 5 feet 4 inches, brown eyes, dark complexion, dark brown hair. Marital status : single. Marks / scars : broken nose. Full time war service : A.I.F. 28/05/1940 to 06/12/1940. Discharge certificate no. 16974.

Service record
28/05/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Caulfield, Victoria.
30/05/1940 Posted to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
22/07/1940 Admitted Puckapunyal 4 Australian General Hospital, Seymour, Victoria with dislocated hand, X ray.
25/07/1940 Discharged Puckapunyal 4 Australian General Hospital, Seymour, Victoria to unit.
04/11/1940 Admitted Puckapunyal 4 Australian General Hospital, Seymour, Victoria with urethra discharge.
12/11/1940 Discharged from hospital.
04/12/1940 Transferred to Discharge Depot Royal Park, Victoria.
04/12/1940 Taken on strength from 2/2 Pioneer Battalion to Discharge Depot Royal Park, Victoria.
06/12/1940 Discharged as medically unfit for service not occasioned by his own default.