Francis Joseph BELL
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
Service: From 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
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: ?
[alert_blue]FRANCIS is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance[/alert_blue]*NOT JOB RELATED
Grave location: TBA
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May they forever Rest In Peace
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.
Regards Jim Betts
National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW : 1889 – 1954), Friday 10 August 1917, page 2
BELL.— At Singleton, Wednesday, 8th August, Francis Joseph Bell, aged 42 years, brother of Mr. Denis Bell, Bathurst.
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.
Daily Observer (Tamworth, NSW : 1917 – 1920), Friday 17 August 1917, page 4
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.