Project Description

WILFRED THOMAS BELL 1897–1951

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Brother of Claude Bell

Born 27th December 1897 in India

Baptised 27th January 1898 at St Mary’s Church, Belgaum, India

Died 27th February 1951, age 53, in Nottingham. Buried in Radcliffe on Trent cemetery

1901 Census

Family was living abroad. Parents John Bell (died 1930) and Ellen Bell (died 1938). Father was a regular soldier in the East Yorkshire Regiment and several of his children were born while he was serving abroad. He returned to the UK around 1905. Seven children in family: Ida (born 1894, Egypt), Claude (born 1897, India), Wilfred (born 1898, India), Marion (born 1900 Belgaum, India), Grace (born 1903, Madras, India), Doris (born 1906, Radcliffe on Trent) and Vera (born 1909, Radcliffe on Trent)

1911 Census

Wilfred at school in Radcliffe on Trent. Father running grocery shop at The Harlequin, Radcliffe on Trent

Military Service

No attestation information

Rank: Private

Service Number: 267857

Military Unit: 15th (Service) Battalion (Nottingham), The Sherwood Foresters, 105th Brigade, 35th Division.

Theatre of War: France and Flanders

Medals Awarded: British War and Victory

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Roll

The Harlequin, Radcliffe on Trent

Other Information

The 15th Service Battalion was formed at Nottingham in February 1915 by the Mayor and a Committee as a Bantam Battalion.

June 1915: moved to Masham and came under orders of 105th Brigade in 35th Division. Moved to Salisbury Plain in August 1915.

March 3rd 1916: landed in France. Saw action at the Battle of the Somme, 3rd Ypres (1917), Battle of St Quentin, Kemmel, Scherpenberg (1918) and other combats.

Father John Bell in all Wrights Directories (1910 -1920) as grocer, Bingham Rd

From the 1939 Register

Possibly Wilfred T. Bell, born 27.12.1897, railway fireman living at Bellevue, Blackhill Drive, Carlton, Notts. with wife Emily and daughter Shirley, age three. Information not yet confirmed. 

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived and was buried in Radcliffe on Trent