Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life
Alma Block, The Castle,
Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8UR
T 01228 532774
Details on Cross
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Text: GRU Tags
Marker appears to be a standard British and Commonwealth pattern cross, kept in a glass case in the museum in a partial trench display. Difficult to measure due to the case. It is in generally good condition but shows signs of rot to the base from insertion at the place of burial.
Henry Bell was born in 1890, a Captain in the 5th Border Regiment, he was 27 years old when he died on 25 Jan 1917. It would appear he Died of Wounds. Buried at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme. Henry was the son of George and Elizabeth I. Bell, of Walmer House, Bothel, Aspatria, Cumberland. Before the war he was training to be a schoolmaster.
His CWGC headstone reads Heart of Honour, Soul of Truth.
Grave Reference: IV. G. 26
He is also commemorated on the St Helen’s Roll of Honour (Photo of Bell courtesy of St Helen’s Roll of Honours)
Photographs courtesy of Taff Gillingham.