|Family Notices. (1918, November 2). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), p. 13. Retrieved August 16, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1422614|
This notice appeared in The Argus of 2 November 1918. It was inserted by the mother of William Stanley Plowright who had been killed at action at Lagnicourt, France.
John Bell’s family had inserted a notice on 30 October:
|Family Notices. (1918, October 30). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), p. 1. Retrieved August 16, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1442998|
The roll of honour circular completed by his family states he was 25 years old when he died (Born about 1893). He had been born in St Kilda and gone to school at High Street, Prahran. His occupation was labourer.
The Australian War Memorial has a picture they believe to be of John Bell:
John Bell signed up with the Australian Imperial Force on 23 July 1915 and joined 2 August. He was aged 22 years one month, unmarried and a labourer. He arrived in Egypt in December 1915 and at Marseille in June 1916. His service seems entirely to have been with the 29th Battalion. (National Archives of Australia: B2455, Bell John : SERN 1357 : POB Melbourne VIC : POE Melbourne VIC : NOK F Bell George).
William Stanley Plowright had joined the AIF on 5 April 1915. He was aged 21 years 9 months, unmarried and a carrier or driver, who was training to be a printer.
William went to the Gallipoli peninsula from Alexandria on 30 August 1915. While serving with the 24th Battalion, he was wounded at Anzac on 29 November 1915 and spent some months in hospital on Malta. He rejoined his unit in April 1916 and then later that month transferred to the 58th battalion. He arrived in France on 29 June 1916. He died 27 March 1917.
It seems that John Bell and William Plowright did not serve together. They were the same age and presumably were friends from childhood. Perhaps they met up while in Egypt and in France despite serving with different battalions.