Casualty details

BELL, DONALD SIMPSON

Rank:
Second Lieutenant
Date of Death:
10/07/1916
Age:
25
Regiment/Service:
Yorkshire Regiment
 
9th Bn.
Awards:
V C
Grave Reference
IV. A. 8.
Cemetery
GORDON DUMP CEMETERY, OVILLERS-LA BOISSELLE

Additional Information:

Former professional football player. Son of Smith and Annie Bell, of Western Flats, Queen's Rd., Harrogate; husband of Rhoda Bell, of Wilmslow, Cheshire.


Citation

An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 29740, dated 8th Sept., 1916, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery. During an attack a very heavy enfilade fire was opened on the attacking company by a hostile machine gun. 2nd Lt. Bell immediately, and on his own initiative, crept up a communication trench and then, followed by Corpl. Colwill and Pte. Batey, rushed across the open under very heavy fire and attacked the machine gun, shooting the firer with his revolver, and destroying gun and personnel with bombs. This very brave act saved many lives and ensured the success of the attack. Five days later this very gallant officer lost his life performing a very similar act of bravery.

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GORDON DUMP CEMETERY, OVILLERS-LA BOISSELLE

Casualty Record Detail
Country:
France
Locality:
Somme

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