Roy Pinto Bell

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Bell, Corporal Roy Pinto no. 10126.

5th Australian Field Artillery Brigade.

“Moruya” Queensborough Road, Croydon Park.


Born 1894 at “Middleton” Middleton Street, Stanmore, son of Ernest Walter and Christiana A. Bell.

Educated Fort Street Public School, trained for the Accountancy Examination.

Enlisted 14/9/1915.

Killed in action 9/12/1916 Sunken Road, Ginchy, France.

Aged 22 years 5 months 3 days.


Next of kin: father, Ernest Miller Bell, “Royston” Church Street, Burwood. (1931).

15 Bennelong Crescent Bellevue Hill.

Roll of Honour DT 10/1/1917 Killed in action in France, on December 8th, Gunner Roy P. Bell, only son of Mr and Mrs E.W. Bell of Croydon Park.

Casualty list DT 13/1/1917 Killed in action (Private R.P. Bell).

DT 15/1/1917 Men who fell Gunner Roy P. Bell, son of Mr and Mrs E.W. Bell of Croydon Park, has been officially reported as killed on December 9 in France.

DT 16/1/1917 Killed in Action (article with portrait).

The late Gunner Roy P. Bell, who has been killed in action in France, was the only son of Mr and Mrs E.W. Bell, of Croydon Park, and grandson of Mr and Mrs J. Slade Brown, of Stanmore. He was educated at Fort Street, and adopted accountancy as his profession. He was an A.I.I.A and A.I.A.V., having acquired the double distinction at an earlier age than had been previously accomplished by any student in Australia.

His grandfather (Colonel Bell) fought for the liberation of Italy with Garibaldi, and his grand-uncle (Colonel Byrne, C.B.) had a long and distinguished career as a soldier. The latter, in addition to serving with Garibaldi, fought in the American Civil War under Generals Miles and Grant, and afterwards raised, at his own expense, a regiment of yeomanry, which served with distinction in South Africa.

On his mother’s side the late gunner claims direct descent from the captain of one of Nelson’s famous ships, H.M.S. Foudroyant. He was 20 years of age when he enlisted, and 22 at the time of his death.

Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.

War Diary in Mitchell Library Bell war diary, 16 December 1915 - 26 October 1916.

Roll of Honour, Croydon Park Methodist Church.

Anzac Memorial.

Special acknowledgement

The foundation of the information on this page was copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.


An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 names in the book with a link to the biography copied from the book about each individual. The alphabetical list is titled Canterbury's Boys list. The biographical files are editable, created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to contribute any further information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they may have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.


Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002