Francis Joseph BELL

aka  FRANK

Late of George St, Singleton

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  7173

( pre NSW Police Force current Registered numbering system )

Rank:  Mounted Constable

Constable 1st Class

Senior Constable – Retirement – Medically Unfit

Stations: ?, Broken Hill ( Aug 1899 ), Milparinka ( July 1901 ), Gunbar ( Feb 1906 ), Tamworth, Singleton ( Oct 1916 ), Booligal – Waradgery Shire – ( 16 March 1908 as Cst 1/c ) – Retired – Medically Unfit

ServiceFrom  7 March 1898  to  31 July 1917 = 19+ years Service

Awards:  No find on It’s An Honour

Born? ? 1871 near the Lime Kilns near Bathurst, NSW

Died on:  Wednesday  8 August 1917

Age:  46

Cause:  Asthma

Event location:  George St, Singleton, NSW

Event date:   Wednesday  8 August 1917

Funeral date:  Friday  10 August 1917 during p.m.

Funeral location:  Roman Catholic Cemetery, Singleton

Buried at:  Roman Catholic Cemetery, Singleton ( unable to find grave on-line )

 Memorial located at?


FRANCIS is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance
*NOT JOB RELATED

 

 Grave location TBA

FURTHER INFORMATION IS NEEDED ABOUT THIS PERSON, THEIR LIFE, THEIR CAREER AND THEIR DEATH.

PLEASE SEND PHOTOS AND INFORMATION TO Cal

May they forever Rest In Peace

INITIAL ENQUIRY:  12 November 2017
Hello
My name is Jim Betts my mother is Leone Betts , nee Connelly her mother’s father was a mounted policeman shot at booligal nsw approx August 1917 he died 9 th of August 1917 I was wondering if police records show that my great grandfather did exhaust as he is not mentioned on the police honour role my mother is 81 and I have just spent time with her trying to discover some information , anything that police archives does have regarding constable Francis Joseph bell would be appreciated my mum would be very appreciative.
Thanks in advance
Regards Jim Betts

National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW : 1889 – 1954), Friday 10 August 1917, page 2


DEATH.

BELL.— At Singleton, Wednesday, 8th August, Francis Joseph Bell, aged 42 years, brother of Mr. Denis Bell, Bathurst.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/158627444

Singleton Argus (NSW : 1880 – 1954), Saturday 11 August 1917, page 4


DEATH OF SEN.-CONSTABLE BELL.

It is with regret we have to chronicle the death of Senior-Constable Francis Joseph Bell, which sad event occurred early on Thursday morning at his residence, George-street.

Only last week we reported that the deceased officer had been retired as, medically unfit as from July 31, and previous to that he had been off duty through illness for some time.

Sen.-Constable Bell, who was 46 years of age, was born at the Limekilns, near Bathurst, and had served in the police at Broken Hill and other parts of this State. He was last quartered at Booligal, out west, and came here thinking the change would benefit his health. The cause of death was asthma, attended with serious complications, which made his case a hopeless one.

He leaves a widow and three Children, two boys of 15 years and 3 years, and one daughter aged 6 years, to mourn their very sad loss.

The late senior-constable was an able and efficient officer, with a large experience of country and during his time of service here made many friends, by reason of his courtesy and his obliging and genial disposition.

Much sympathy is extended to the widow and family.

The funeral took place yesterday afternoon at the R.C. cemetery, all available police officers attending to pay the last tribute of respect to their departed comrade.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/80704212

Daily Observer (Tamworth, NSW : 1917 – 1920), Friday 17 August 1917, page 4


INTER-DISTRICT NEWS.

SINGLETON.

The death has occurred of Senior constable Francis Joseph Bell. He was recently retired as medically unfit, and previous to that he had been off duty through illness for some time.

Senior constable Bell who was 46 years of age was born at The Lime Kilns, near Bathurst, and had served in the police at Broken Hill and other parts of this State.

He was last quartered at Booligal, and came here thinking the change would benefit his health. The cause of death was asthma, attended with serious complications.

He leaves a widow and three children.

The late senior constable was an able and efficient officer, and during his term of service here made many friends. Much sympathy is felt for the widow and family.

Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), Wednesday 27 May 1908 (No.61), page 2876


THE Bench of Magistrates assembled in Petty Sessions at Booligal have this day appointed First Class Constable Francis Joseph Bell to be Bailiff of the Small Debts Court Booligal.

JOS. J. HARRIS, J.P.,

For Bench of Magistrates. Court-house, Booligal,

21st May, 1908.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/rendition/nla.news-article226908153.txt

 

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