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Eric Norman Frankland Bell VC.

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Born on Wednesday 28th August 1895 Enniskillen, County Fermanagh

Eric Bell had been living and working in Liverpool at the outbreak of the war on his return to Ulster he joined the 9th Battalion (County Tyrone) Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, his father Captain E. H. Bell was serving as Adjutant in this battalion. Also arriving to join this battalion were Eric’s brothers, Alan George Frankland Bell, from America and Haldane Frankland Bell, from Australia.



Captain 9th Battalion
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Attached to 109th Light Mortar Battery)


On Saturday, 1st July 1916
Thiepval, France.


Captain Bell was in command of a trench mortar battery and advanced with the infantry in the attack. When our front line was checked by enfilading machine gun fire, Captain Bell crept forward and shot the machine gunner. Later, on no less than three occasions, when our bombing parties, which were clearing the enemy trenches, were unable to advance, he went forward alone and threw trench mortar bombs among the enemy. When he had no more bombs available, he stood on the parapet, under intense fire, and used a rifle with great coolness and effect on the enemy advancing to counter-attack. Finally, he was killed rallying and reorganising infantry parties, which had lost their officers. All this was outside the scope of his normal duties with his battery. He gave his life in his supreme devotion to duty.

Eric Bell Was killed in the above action he has no known grave and is commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Pier and Face 4 D and 5 B

Also Commemorated by: MEMORIAL STONE in grounds of THE ULSTER MEMORIAL TOWER

On Wednesday 29th November 1916, King George V presented Captain Bell’s Victoria Cross to his father, Captain E.H. Bell at Buckingham Palace.

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