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William Bell was born in Daylesford, Victoria, and was a Labourer by trade when he enlisted in the 6th Battalion on 11 May 1916 at the age of 21. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 11 September 1916. On February 5th 1917 he was wounded in action, suffering a gunshot wound to his left hand, but within two weeks he had recovered sufficiently to rejoin his unit. On April 15th 1918 he was wounded for a second time, this time sustaining a severe gunshot wound to his left shoulder. He was evacuated to England and did not return to the front-line in France. He returned home on the Fort Denison, disembarking at Melbourne on November 13th, 1919.
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