Born: March 17th 1897. Son of P. T. Bell.
Lower IV—Upper IV.
Address: 6 St Pauls Rd, Preston, Paignton, Devon.
Went to Park House Prep School, Devon before Malvern.
9th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment.
'He received his commission in May 1915, and was sent to the front in France in September 1916. He came home on sick leave in 1917, but returned to France in September of that year, proceeding to another front in the following November. Leaving school at the age of 16, he was too young to have made his mark here, but letters from his commanding officer and others show that "he was possessed of remarkable courage and an extraordinary contempt for danger. His courage and gallantry have been a great example to his men." ' (Malvernian, Jun 1918).
Next of kin: Mrs Diana Bell (Mother), Ladies Army & Navy Club, Burlington Gardens. She was a widow and lost her only child.
Service record: WO 339/41254