William was born c1760 in Warwickshire England. He was sentence to death for assaulting John Drain on the King’s Highway, on the 21st of Decr last, and putting him in fear and danger of his life, and feloniously taking from his person and against his will, two linen handkerchiefs, value 6 d. two linen shirts, value 4 s. two pair of thread stockings value 12 d. two linen stock, value 12 d. one pillow bier, value 6 d and one striped linen waistcoat, value 6 d. the property of James Haywood.
He was tried on 14 Jan 1784 at Old Bailey London, William giving an age of going on 13 years (sic). He received his Majesty’s pardon, on condition of being transported to to America for seven years on 22 Mar 1784.  He eventually arrived in NSW aboard the Scarborough in 1788.
In November 1791 he travelled to Norfolk Island aboard the Atlantic as a settler and was granted 10 acres possible 12 acres (location unknown). Before leaving Sydney he married Ann Greenslade – Grinslade (Convict, Mary Ann 1791) on 9 Oct 1791 at St Phillips Sydney.
He departed Norfolk Island for Port Jackson aboard the Kitty in Mar 1793, whilst his wife Ann and their child Ann left Norfolk island a year later aboard the Francis. William joined the NSW Corps in Sydney in April 1793. James was back on Norfolk Island in 1797 and once again returning to Sydney.
William with his wife Ann and three children returned to Norfolk Island aboard HMS Porpoise in Jan 1801. They returned to Sydney aboard the Union in Mar 1805. William, his wife Ann and their children left NSW bound for England aboard the Hindostan in May 1810, he was discharged to the 5th Veteran Battalion in Sept 1811.
William Bell who served in 5th Royal Veteran Battalion; 102nd Foot Regiment; 2nd Foot Guards was discharged aged 53 after 25 years 4 months of service in 1813. In 1784 William Bell stated he was discharged out of the militia.
 The Proceedings of the Old Bailey ref: Old Bailiey, t17840114-47 and o17840421-2.
 Land Grants in The New Holland Morning Post, 18 October 1791
 TNA, WO 121/135/104
 The Proceedings of the Old Bailey ref: Old Bailiey, t17840114-47
- HMS Reliance: Norfolk Island February 1796
- HMS Porpoise to Norfolk Island 1801
- NSW Corps 1802 Norfolk Island
- NSW Corps 1804 Norfolk Island