Heritage > BELL David McKenzie: 1893 -1916, KIA ANZAC
Avenue of honour Upper YarraThe Upper Yarra Museum has initiated a project to recreate a Memorial avenue of trees dedicated to the WW1 fallen from the old Upper Yarra Shire. The reformed avenue is to be planted along the old railway line, now the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail by Anzac Day 2015.

David McKenzie BELL

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David McKenzie Bell, AWM DA13681A Darge Photographic Company

AWM DA13681A


Family Name BELL
Given Names David McKenzie
Birth Date 1893
Birth Place Newport VIC
Occupation at time of Enlistment Sawmill hand
Date of Enlistment 18.9.1915
Age at Enlistment 22 years 10 months
Service Number(s) 4435
Next of Kin Father: Henry BELL
Embarkation Embarkation roll
Address at Date of Enrolment Yarra Junction, VIC
Date of Embarkation 28.1.1916
Name of Ship HMAT A32 Themistocles
Port of Embarkation Melbourne, VIC
Nominal roll Nominal Roll
Unit from Nominal Roll 57th Battalion
Rank from Nominal Roll Private
Australia War Memorial Honour Roll Roll of honourDavid McKenzie Bell’s name will be projected onto the exterior of the Hall of Memory

Roll of Honour name projection

Location on the roll of Honour Panel No 163
Fate Killed in action alongside his brother Hewitt BELL
Date of Death 28.10.1916
Age at Death 23 years
Place of Death / Wounding Albert, FRANCE
Roll of Honour Circular Yes
Commemoration Details Villers Bretonneux Memorial, 10762 casualties
Medals** Victory Medal
British war Medal
Memorial scroll
Memorial plaque
Where Australian’s Rest
Local Rolls Of Honour.
Manchester Unity Independent Order of Odd Fellows: Upper Yarra Museum.

  • Bell D M.

Political Labor Council Honor Roll, Shire Hall Yarra Junction 1918 : Upper Yarra RSL.

  • Bell.D.McK.

West Warburton District Roll of Honor: Wesburn Primary School

  • D. Bell

Yarra Junction School 3216 : Yarra Junction Primary

  • Bell D.
Local Memorials.
Yarra Junction Cenotaph: Fallen.

  • D McK Bell
Memorial trees Yarra Junction
Dead man’s Penny:Upper Yarra Museum

AIF Data Base

David McKenzie Bell

Family and Early Life

Father Henry and mother Ethel May Bell.Brother 4424 Pte Hewitt Henry BELL, 57 Bn.David and Hewitt left a brother Tom and sisters Ida and Maud to mourn their loss.Sister Maud McOwan “Yarra View” Yarra Junction.

Military Service

War Service: Egypt and the Western Front.
David and his brother were killed in action when a shell burst over them whilst they were carrying a badly wounded soldier. All three were killed.
Brother 4424 Pte Hewitt Henry BELL, 57 Bn.
Father received David’s personal effects including a testament [dge], match box [dge] wallet, cigarette


  1. Commemorating the Fallen – Yarra Junction Cenotaph – The Great War 1914 – 1919 [Paperback] Bob Sutherland.
  2. School Days at the Junction, The Centenary Story of Yarra Junction Primary School 1894-1994, 1994, ISBN 0947145 82 6[ Paperback.
  3. Photograph- AWM – AWM DA 13681a
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