BELL, Irwin McKay
(Service number 18389)

Aliases Mac
First Rank Trooper Last Rank Trooper


Date 26 October 1890 Place of Birth Hook, Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Hook, Waimate
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin W. H. BELL (brother), Waimate
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 20th Reinforcements, New Zealand Mounted Rifles
Date 14 December 1916
Transport Moeraki; transferred to Mooltan at Sydney
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Regiment

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 19 July 1952 Age 61 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Geraldine Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 341, Plot 14
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Irwin McKay Bell, known as Mac, was born on 26 October 1890 at Hook, Waimate, the fourth son of Robert and Robina (formerly Johnston, née McKay) Bell. His parents farmed “Minniemoore” at Hook. His father died in 1902 and his mother, who was “well and widely known for her hospitality”, died unecpectedly in 1913. When Mac enlisted, he was farming at Hook and named his oldest brother, William Henry Bell, as next-of-kin. He did have an older half-brother, Alexander Johnston.

Trooper I. McK. Bell, 18389, 20th Reinforcements, was reported in Casualty List No. 823/8 on 7 April 1918. I. McK. Bell, 18389, returned to New Zealand from Egypt, in a draft of 1095, per the “Ulimaroa”, which was due at Auckland on 6 August 1919. He married Annie Cromie on 31 March 1920 at Waihao Downs. His younger brother, Stanley Ferguson Bell, was killed in action in France in 1917, and an older brother, Robert Alfred Bell, also served in World War One.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [29 October 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [09 November 2020]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [09 November 2020]; Geraldine Cemetery headstone image & burial records (Timaru District Council) [09 November 2020]; NZ Electoral Rolls (ancestry,com,au) [09 November 2020]; Press, 13 November 1913, NZ Times, 31 July 1919, Timaru Herald, 8 May 1920 (Papers Past) [29 October 2020; 09 November 2020]

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