Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in County Down, Ireland, he served as a Private in the 2nd Battalion, 24th Regiment of Foot, British Army. On May 7, 1867, at the island of Andaman, in the Bay of Bengal India, Private Bell was one of a party of five who risked their lives in manning a boat and proceeding through dangerous surf to rescue some of their comrades who had been sent to the island to find out the fate of the commander and seven of the crew, who were feared murdered by the cannibalistic islanders. For bravery at sea, he was awarded the Victoria Cross and is one of only six awarded for action when no enemy was present. He also later achieved the rank of Sergeant and died at age 75 in Kent, England.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith