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Name: Private 6667 Edward Stephen Bell

Regiment: 56th London Regiment (London Scottish) 1st/14th

Date of Death: Killed in Action 18th September 1916

Relations: Son of Charles Bell of, 91 Barcombe Avenue, Streatham Hill, London

Place of Memorial: Thiepval Memorial

Birthplace: UK, 1893

Place of death: France, Somme

 

Edward Stephen Bell was 23 when he died in action while his battalion was returning to their trench having "prepared for attack", but later having been "ordered to withdraw to ANGLE WOOD" by the 167 Brigade.

The actual cause of his death is unknown as there are no records of a battle fought on the day. However, on the 18th September 1916, the war diary states that his battalion was moving to attack the enemy so it is very probable that during this operation, Bell was shot by a sniper or perhaps hit by shrapnel. Clearly, the death of one soldier would have been seen as insignificant which might be why his death was not mentioned in the war diary.

 

Sources:

www.longlongtrail.co.uk

www.livesofthefirstworldwar.org

www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead.aspx

National Archives’ Reference WO 95/2956/1

 

By Hareya and Sofia, Year 9