Richard Bell was the son of William Bell. Richard was born on 4th March 1893 in Dromiskin, County Louth. He had an older brother, James Bell. By the time of the 1911 census, it seems the two brothers had moved to Castlecaulfield to work for their grandfather. The two brothers then emigrated to Canada. Richard enlisted on 21st May 1915 in Lindsay, Ontario. He joined the 59th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry. Sergeant Richard Bell was in killed in action near the town of Ypres in West Flanders, Belgium at the Battle of Passchendaele on 30th October 1917. He was 24 years old.
Ypres (now Ieper) is a town in the Province of West Flanders. The Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town on the road to Menin (Menen) and Courtrai (Kortrijk). Each night at 8 pm the traffic is stopped at the Menin Gate while members of the local Fire Brigade sound the Last Post in the roadway under the Memorial's arches.