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 Donald Simpson Bell

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Donald Simpson Bell

  • Birth 3 Dec 1890
  • Death 10 Jul 1916
  • Burial Ovillers-la-Boisselle, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
  • Plot IV.A.8.
  • Memorial ID 9927339

World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in he served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 9th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment, British Army. On July 5, 1916, during a heavy attack at La Boiselle, Somme, France, a German machine gun opened up on 2nd Lieutenant Bell's company. Lieutenant Bell immediately on his own, crept up a communication trench followed by two of his men. He then rushed across the open under heavy fire, attacked the machine gun, shooting with his revolver, destroying gun and the personnel with bombs. Five days later he lost his life performing a similar act of bravery on the battle field at Somme, France. For most conspicuous bravery, he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross on September 9, 1916.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 20 Nov 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9927339
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Donald Simpson Bell (3 Dec 1890–10 Jul 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9927339, citing Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-la-Boisselle, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .