George John Bell

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Sir George John Bell KCMG, DSO (29 November 18725 March 1944) was an Australian soldier and politician. Bell was born in Sale in the state of Victoria, and was the eldest son of George Bell and Catherine Bell, née Hussey. Bell was one of 15 siblings, including William R. Bell. He received his education in the outback of Victoria, and worked on his parent's farm, before joining the Victorian Mounted Rifles.

Following the outbreak of the Second Boer War, Bell enlisted in Victorian Mounted Infantry as a private. Although traveling back to Australia after the disbandment of the Infantry, he returned to the war, joining the Victorian Mounted Rifles Contingent. He was commissioned as a lieutenant, but became severely injured in a battle in early 1902. He was awarded a Distinguished Service Order for his services in the war.

After the war, Bell returned to Australia, settling in the state of Tasmania. Upon the start of World War I, Bell enlisted for the Australian Imperial Forces, and was dispatched for training in Egypt. He served in Gallipoli and Sinai, and was promoted from the rank of lieutenant to captain, to major and finally, to lieutenant colonel. Given command of the 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Bell's most successful conquest was the capture of Es Salt, and the later successful evacuation of British troops from the stronghold. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in April, 1919.<ref...
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