Bell John James Pte 4448764

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Name Bell John James
Army number 4448764
Rank Pte
Date of birth
Age 0
Unit Enlisted Durham Light Infantry 18/3/31, R, 7/5, Discharged on completion of engagement 17/3/35, Re-Enlisted 8th Bn DLI 21/3/35, Posted 11th Bn DLI, Iceland, Trf Army Catering Corps 13/1/42, Class Z Army Reserve 18/1/1946, Re-Enlisted DLI TA 29/5/47, Trf Army Catering Corps 23/5/48, Discharged under TA Regulations Para 204/11 (medical) 19/3/1951.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role
Joined Brigade Probably 1/9/1939
Prisoner of War
Died/Killed in action
Home address
Source table 11DLI

Given Pte Bell's Discharge at the termination of his first engagement 4 years after joining, this implies that he may have been enlisted as a Territorial for the standard four years, rather than as a Regular - as stated in the Enlistment Book - which would normally have meant seven years with the Colours and five on the Reserve. His re-enlistment into the Territorial 8th Battalion immediately afterwards confirms this suggestion. He may be unique in having been transferred from the DLI to the ACC twice during his service.