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PTE Alec Ernest James “Dinga” Bell

PTE Alec Ernest James “Dinga” Bell

Birth
Perth, City of Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Death 29 Jan 1968 (aged 21)
Vietnam
Burial Karrakatta, Nedlands City, Western Australia, Australia
Plot Roman Catholic. KA. 727
Memorial ID 32835628 · View Source
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5714453 BELL Alec Ernest James, 21, of Perth, WA, was a postman when he was called up for National Service on July 13 1966 and then joined the Army. The rifleman private with 7RAR died at 24 US Evacuation Hospital, Long Binh, on 29 January 1968 of wounds received during an enemy contact in Bien Hoa.

Private ‘Dinga' Bell was platoon medic on the late afternoon of 29 January 1968. In the first few moments of the contact with the enemy the Platoon Commander, 2Lt O'Brien, and all the NCOs were wounded including Private Bell who had received a direct hit from a rocket. Even though shockingly wounded,
Private Bell tried to get to the other wounded. When he could not move he gave orders to another soldier as to how to help them. Even when we finally got him on to the Dustoff stretcher, Private Bell was still giving advice as to the care of the other wounded. As he was lifted up through the trees the enemy opened fire again.
The Dustoff was forced to leave the area with Private Bell and stretcher hanging underneath. It was later learned that he was dead on arrival at the hospital.


Inscription

5714453 PRIVATE
A.E.J. BELL
7 BATTALION
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT
29TH JANUARY 1968 AGE 21

SMILING EYES AT REST. DEARLY LOVED BY
MUM, DAD, BROTHERS AND SISTERS


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  • Maintained by: John Winterbotham
  • Originally Created by: Robert
  • Added: 11 Jan 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 32835628
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PTE Alec Ernest James “Dinga” Bell (28 Mar 1946–29 Jan 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32835628, citing Karrakatta Cemetery and Crematorium, Karrakatta, Nedlands City, Western Australia, Australia ; Maintained by John Winterbotham (contributor 48166878) .