1st Battalion, Otago Regiment (New Zealand Army)
Date Of Birth:
21/02/1918 (Died of Wounds)
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.