Regiment : C Company 2nd Regiment South African Infantry
Service number : 4568
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 19th July 1916 aged 22
Buried : Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, France, Pier and Face 4C.
Relatives : Son of the late Mr R.H. Bell, of Duffs Rd., North Coast, Durban, Natal
Memorial : Stoke Prior St Michael's Church
Credits : Census and birth registration researched and transcribed by Sandra Taylor. Bromsgrove Messenger researched and transcribed by Andy Frisby.
Casualty identified from the report in the Bromsgrove Messenger.
A report on the death of Richard Bell can be found in the Bromsgrove Messenger, 2nd September 1916.
The birth of Richard Harold Bell is registered in the December Quarter 1893 under the Bramley Registration District.
Station Row, Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove
Richard H. Bell, Head, aged 53, Railway Station Master, born Matlock, Derbyshire
Edith I. Bell, Wife, age 47, born Manchester, Lancashire
Ida E. Bell, Daughter, age 12, born Newlay, Leeds, Yorkshire
Richard H. Bell, Son, age 7, born Newlay, Leeds, Yorkshire
Ernest A. Bell, Son, age 27, Railway Clerk, born Hampton, Warwickshire
Leah Bell, Daughter in law, age 25
Ernest H. Bell, Grandchild, age 3
Annie Laming, Servant, age 17
Moorgate House, Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove
Richard Henry Bell, Head, aged 63, Retired Station Master, born Matlock, Derbyshire
Edith Isabel Bell, Wife, age 57, born Manchester, Lancashire
Ida Elsie Bell, Daughter, age 22, born Shipley, Yorkshire
Richard Harold Bell, Son, age 17, Fitter Engineers Assistant, Midland Railway Wagon Works, born Shipley, Yorkshire
Richard Bell sailed from Southampton bound for Natal, South Africa in 3rd Class on board the Walmer Castle on 11th October 1913. He was accompanied by Messrs E.A. and E.V. Bell, their occupations all given as Clerks.
Richard Bell has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Thiepval Memorial.