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Walter William BELL

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Surname: BELL

Forename(s): Walter William

Place of Birth: Skipton, Yorkshire

Service No: 256877

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Labour Corps

Battalion / Unit: 731st Coy

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Age: ---

Date of Death: 1918-11-26

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CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: II. B. 24.

CWGC Cemetery: CAUDRY BRITISH CEMETERY

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Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE

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Walter William Bell was the son of William and Jane Bell, née Fawcett. William was the son of Thomas Bell. Jane (born Skipton, Yorkshire, c. 1862) was the daughter of Thomas and Margaret Fawcett, née Barrett. Walter was the brother of Private Arthur Bell (90926) (q.v.); their sister, Edna, was the fiancée of Private George William Alcock (140200) (q.v.).

1891 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 6, George Street - Walter W. Bell, aged 7 years, son of Jane Bell, widow. [Jane and her sons, John and Walter, were lodging with her mother, Margaret Fawcett.]

1901 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 6, George Street - Walter Wm. Bell, aged 17 years, born Skipton, son of Jane Bell, widow.

1911 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 6, George Street - Walter William Bell, aged 27 years, born Skipton, son of Jane Bell, widow.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Walter W. Bell, 4747, West Riding Regiment. & 256877, Labour Corps.

Data Source: Local War Memorial

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

BELL, Walter William, 2/6 West Riding Regt., and Labour Corps, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bell, George Street, Skipton, died from pneumonia, France, Nov. 26, 1918.

BELL, Walter Wm., W.R.R., son of Mrs. Bell, George Street, [Skipton], died from pneumonia, Nov. 26, 1918.

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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Labour Corps

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Labour Corps

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Surname: BELL

Forename(s): W W

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 4747

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 3rd/6th Bn.

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Died Date: 26/11/1918

Additional Information: transf. to (256877) 731st Coy. Labour Corps

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13 December 1918

BELL - In loving memory of Private Walter William Bell, 2/6th Duke of Wellington's, W.R. Regiment, died November 28th, 1918, from, pneumonia in hospital in France.

We have lost, but Heaven has gained
Ono of the best the world contained.

From Mother, Brother and Sister, 6 George Street, Skipton.

13 December 1918

Skipton Soldier Succumbs to Pneumonia

Mrs. Bell, of 6 George Street, Skipton, has received word that her son, Private Walter William Bell, West Riding Regiment, died on November 26th from pneumonia in hospital in France. Private Bell enlisted in the West Riding Regiment on November 11th, 1915, and was afterwards in a Labour Battalion for about a year and was home on leave for 14 days in October last. Mrs. Bell has another son, Pte. Arthur Bell, Durham Light Infantry, who has bean missing since May 20th last. Private W. W. Bell was formerly employed in the dye-house at Belle Vue Mills, Skipton.

28 November 1919

BELL - In ever loving remembrance of a dear son and brother, Private Walter William Bell, West Riding Regiment, died of pneumonia in France, November 26th, 1918.

This day brings back to memory
A dear one called to rest;
And those who think of him today
Are those who loved him best.

From Mother, Brother and Sister, 6 George Street, Skipton.

BELL - In loving memory of Pte. Walter William Bell, Duke of Wellington's Regiment, who died in hospital in France, Nov. 26th, 1918.

His duty done, the victory won;
In peace our gallant soldier sleeps.

From Aunt, Uncle and Cousins, Lane Head, Carleton.

23 February 1923

ODDFELLOWS' WAR MEMORIAL

UNVEILING CEREMONY AT A SKIPTON LODGE

OVER 200 WHO SERVED

There was a large attendance of local members of the Independent Order of Oddfellows at the Friendly Societies' Hall, Skipton, on Saturday afternoon, on the occasion of the unveiling of a war memorial to the members of the Loyal Traveller's Friend Lodge, I.O.O.F, M.U., who fell in the war.

The Memorial takes the form of a beautifully designed scroll within an oak frame with a glass front, the work of Mr. H. Spencer, junr., and it bears the inscription:-

LOYAL/TRAVELLER'S FRIEND LODGE,/SKIPTON DISTRICT ./I.O.O.F. ROLL OF HONOUR M.U./OF/THOSE MEMBERS OF THIS LODGE WHO FOUGHT FOR THEIR KING AND COUNTRY TO UPHOLD THE SACRED CAUSES OF BROTHERHOOD AND HUMANITY IN THE GREAT WAR, 1914-1918.

Below the inscription are the names of 173 members who served in the war, and of the 40 members who were killed. The names of the fallen occupy a central position on the scroll, and above them are the following words:-

IN MEMORIAM
OF THOSE WHO MADE THE
SUPREME SACRIFICE.
THEIR HEARTS ARE LIFTED UP
THEIR HEARTS
THAT HAVE FOREKNOWN
THE UTTER PRICE,
THEIR HEARTS BURN
UPWARD AS A FLAME
OF SPLENDOUR AND OF
SACRIFICE

The names of the fallen are as follows:- H. Armstrong, J.J. Brown, J. Barrett, Robt. Brown, W.W. Bell, A. Clayton, W.H. Coles, T.C. Chew, Tom Downes, T.M. Drummond, Jos. Emmott, Thos. Edmondson, J. Easterby, F. Gallagher, J.W. Garwood, G.E. Godwin, S.J. Hargreaves, M. Hargreaves, A. Hebden, J. Hebden, A. Hawkswell, T.E. Inman, M. Lund, R.C. [R.G.] Metcalfe, Hbt. Maudsley, Hy. Maudsley, A.J. Pimnock [Pinnock], H.Y. [Harry] Riley, T.W. Storey, J.H. Stewart, R. Spencer, J.W. Shuttleworth, Wm. Tempest, Hbt. Thompson, Fred Thornton, J.W. Varley, John Ward, J.A. Whittaker, J.W. Whittaker, and R.D. Whittaker.

The Unveiling Ceremony

The unveiling ceremony was presided over by Bro. Thos. Bellamy, and was performed by Bro. Amos Culpan, Prov. C.S., and a simple service included the singing of the hymns, 'O God our help' and Kipling's Recessional, 'God of our fathers,' and the reading of a portion of Scripture, and the offering of a prayer by Bro. James Greenwood, of Bradford, and formerly of Skipton.

Bro. Bellamy observed that those members of the Lodge whom they were met to honour went into battle, suffered untold privations, and, in many cases, made the supreme sacrifice. They gave their lives in defence of their homes and their country. Further than that, they gave their lives for justice and freedom, and in order that we might live. It was the duty of Oddfellows, equally as much as other sections of the community, to do everything within their power to make the country better for that sacrifice. "In the time of our prosperity," concluded Bro. Bellamy, "never let us forget those who served us in the time of our adversity."

A Lesson of the War

Prior to unveiling the memorial, Bro. Culpan described the ceremony he had been asked to perform as one not unattended by sorrow. It was an occasion upon which one felt a desire to make their Order better for the sacrifice of its members, and to extend the true spirit of brotherhood. In nearly 4,000 of their Lodges they would find a roll of honour. Over 22,000 of their members made the supreme sacrifice, and thousands of others were ruined and shattered in health and without prospects for the future. Each and all of them ought to perform some daily service that would make the sacrifice of those men worth while. One result of the terrible ordeal of 1914 to 1918 was the creation of a better feeling between men, and a desire to break down the class barriers that formerly existed. That was one of the great lessons of the war.

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13 December 1918

In loving memory of Pte. W.W. Bell, 2/6 Duke of Wellington's, who died Nov. 26, from pneumonia in hospital in France.

We have lost but heaven has gained,
One of the best the world contained.

- From Mother, Brother and Sister. 6, George Street, Skipton.

20 December 1918

Skipton Soldier Dies from Pneumonia

Mrs. Bell, of George St., Skipton, has received word that her son, Pte. Walter Wm. Bell, died on November 26 from pneumonia in hospital in France. Pte. Bell, joined the 2/6 West Riding Regiment on November 6, 1915. He had been in a labour battalion about 12 months and was home on leave in October last. Mrs. Bell has another son, Pte. Arthur Bell, D.L.I. (aged 19) who has been missing since May 29, this year. Pte W.W. Bell was formerly employed in the Dye House, at Belle Vue Mills.

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