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 Eric Norman Frankland Bell

Eric Norman Frankland Bell

Birth
Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
Death 1 Jul 1916 (aged 20)
Thiepval, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
Burial Thiepval, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
Plot Pier and Face 4 D and 5 B.
Memorial ID 12366325 · View Source
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World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Ireland, he served as a Captain in the 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, British Army. At Thiepval, France, on July 1, 1916, Captain Bell was in command of an advancing mortar team during the infantry attack, when the front line was hung up by enfilading machine-gun fire. Captain Bell crept forward, shot the machine-gunner and on three other occasions, he crept forward alone and threw trench-mortar bombs among the enemy. When no more bombs were available, he stood on the parapet under intense fire and used a rifle with great effect on the enemy in a advancing counter attack. He was later killed rallying and reorganizing infantry parties which had lost their officers. For most conspicuous bravery, he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross on September 26, 1916.

Age: 20
Regiment/Service: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 9th Bn.
Honors: V C

Son of Capt. E. H. Bell, of 22, University Rd., Bootle, Liverpool. Native of Enniskillen, Ireland.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 12366325
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eric Norman Frankland Bell (28 Aug 1895–1 Jul 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12366325, citing Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .