Annie Bell enlisted in the Australian Army Nursing Service on 4 November 1914, aged 26 years.
She had 14 siblings. Jean was a nurse in Australia, two brothers served with the A.I.F. – Captain George Bell, Australian Army Medical Corps, and Corporal Alexander (Click) Armstrong Thompson Bell, 21st Battalion. Click was killed in action at Mouquet Farm, Pozieres (Red Cross Wounded and Missing report). He is remembered on the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux.
She met her husband, Major Harold Vernon Foxton, a doctor in the Australian Army Medical Corps, in France.
Stephanie Kihlstrom has transcribed her grandmother’s diary. Excerpts that relate to Sister Bell’s work in forward hospitals can be found on the following pages:
We're pleased that people are using this website as a source for locations, quotes and other primary source material. It's why we published our notes on the web. But we'd very much appreciate a footnote or credit. Much of the hospital (and other) location information for Lemnos and the Western Front is original research -- thank you, from Bernard & Cheryl