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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Noel" Edward Noel BELL

Born 15 December 1894 in Rangoon, Bengal, Burma [16]
Son of Edward William BELL and "Una" Florence Una GRANT [30: item 3008448]
He was a British subject by birth, and was baptised at Christ Church in Jubbulpore, India on 26 August 1895 [P132]
At one point he had served with army cadets in India and with the Officers' Training Corps of the Territorial Army in Scotland [30]
Departed London, England with his parents on the steamship Borda on 17 September 1914 bound for Adelaide, South Australia [203]
Farmhand for his father on Dikhushla Farm in Winchester, Western Australia in 1915 [30: item 3008448]
     His father had purchased a Ready-Made Farm at Winchester in the Carnamah district from the Midland Railway Company [34]    
He travelled to Moora on 16 September 1915 where he was passed as fit for active service in the Australian Imperial Force [30]
     Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 21 September 1915 in Blackboy Hill [30: item 3008448]
     On enlistment he was 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighed 168 lbs. and with dark brown hair, brown eyes and a sallow complexion [30]
     Embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A19 Afric on 4 January 1916 [30]
     Gunner 10842 in the Australian Imperial Force's 14th Field Artillery Brigade in France during the First World War [30]
     Wounded in Action in France on 5 November 1917; admitted to the Fusehill War Hospital in England suffering gas poisoning [30]
     Married Violet Evelyn WHITE on 25 June 1919 at All Saints Church in East Finchley, Middlesex, England [30]
     Along with his wife departed from England on the steamship Berrima and arrived in Western Australia on 18 October 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 10 December 1919; received the Victory and British War medals [30]
Through the Soldier Settlement Scheme he obtained a farm on the Carnamah Estate in Carnamah [P132]
Farmer in Carnamah, Western Australia 1921-1932 [19]
     His farm was the 1,021 acre Victoria Location 7184 [3] [44] and on arrival it had 400 acres cleared [P132]
     Victoria Location 7184 is situated on the south east corner of the Carnamah-Perenjori and Caron Roads [62]
Signed the petition in February 1923 for the Irwin Licensing Court to grant a hotel license for Carnamah [10: 9-Mar-1923]
By 1925 he and his wife had the telephone connected to their farmhouse and were telephone number Carnamah-10N [60]
     He and John FRAME, whose farm was further to the north east, used to play chess over the party line telephone [P132]
Attended the Carnamah Returned Solders League Smoke Social held at the Carnamah Hall in January 1928 [4: 14-Jan-1928]
Purchased a new ten foot tractor disc cultivator from local agent Charles ROBERTSON in October 1928 [4: 20-Oct-1928]
On Saturday 11 May 1929 attended the surprise party tendered to Mrs Ida B. CROSSING at Ida's home in Carnamah [4: 25-May-1929]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Opening Season Ball held at the Carnamah Town Hall on 18 May 1929 [4: 25-May-1929]
He was among those who attended the Centenary Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on 26 July 1929 [86: 3-Aug-1929]
     The ball was to celebrate 100 years since the founding of Perth and the establishment of the Swan River Colony [86]
Attended the Plain and Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Town Hall on Thursday 8 August 1929 as a "Sheik" [4: 17-Aug-1929]
Attended the Grand Ball following the Carnamah Show and opening of Centenary Park on 19 September 1929 [4: 28-Sep-1929]
Saw in the new year of 1930 with the singing of Auld Lang Syne at the Church of England's Dance at the Carnamah Hall [86: 4-Jan-1930]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League in 1930 [4: 12-Jul-1930]
Attended the Ball in Carnamah in aid of the local Roman Catholic Church's building fund on Thursday 24 May 1930 [4: 31-May-1930]
Contributed a musical performance to the R.S.L. Social of returned "diggers" at the Carnamah Hall on 13 August 1930 [86: 16-Aug-1930]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son [53]
Member of the Inering Cricket Club in 1930-31 [4: 22-Nov-1930]
On 27 March 1931 at the Three Springs Police Court he was charged for driving an unlicensed vehicle [4: 4-Apr-1931]
Attended the funeral of "Father of Carnamah" Donald MACPHERSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 14 August 1931 [4: 22-Aug-1931]
In 1931 had the telephone disconnected [60] and in 1931 or 1932 left Carnamah, owing to the depression and his wife's health [P132]
He forfeited his farm by cancelling its Crown Lease during the 1932-33 financial year [3]
In July 1933 his former farm in Carnamah was purchased by James K. FORRESTER for approximately £3000 cash [5: 28-Jul-1933]
By 1936 he was working as an Insurance Agent and was living on Lacey Street in the Perth suburb of East Cannington [50]
He was still living in the Perth suburb of East Cannington when he enlisted in the Australian Army on 11 December 1939 [16]
     Lieutenant W243326 in the Australian Army's ROLHQ during the Second World War [16]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 23 November 1943 [16]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of East Victoria Park [2]
Father of Denis [39: 2-Apr-1929]
Died 15 December 1963; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, LE, 479) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Edward Noel Bell' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 27 February 2024 from [reference list]

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