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14035   Private Robert Bell
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Dated added: 06/02/2022   Last updated: 06/02/2022
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 29/10/1892
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 23
Robert James Bell was the son of William and Mary Jane Bell. He was born on 29th October 1892, the younger of two sons, both born at Crilly near Caledon. The 1901 census lists the family as farmers in Tullyblety, Ballymagran, County Tyrone. The family moved to Belfast. By 1911, the family were living in Dunmurray, near Belfast. Robert was a domestic servant and gardener.Pivate Robert Bell was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of Somme on 1st July 1916.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial
  Thiepval, Somme
Grave Ref: Face 15A
CWGC Casualty 767961
The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, next to the village of Thiepval, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929). Each year a major ceremony is held at the memorial on 1 July. The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme is a war memorial to 72,337 missing British and South African servicemen who died in the Battles of the Somme of the First World War between 1915 and 1918, with no known grave. It is near the village of Thiepval, Picardy in France. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, Thiepval has been described as "the greatest executed British work of monumental architecture of the twentieth century"
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1 1901 Census lists Bell family Lists Robert James as age 8 living with the family at house 3 in Tullyblety, Ballymagran, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Bell family Lists Robert James as age 18 living with the family at house 108 in Dunmurry Town, Malone, Antrim
3 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
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