David Patrick Murray Bell (1922-1944)

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Biography

David Patrick Murray Bell was born on 17 May 1922, the son of (Major) Ronald Patrick Murray Bell of Berwick and his wife Mary.

At the time of the 1939 Register, he was a student at Repton School, Derbyshire.

He is commemorated on the Huddersfield Town A.F.C. Roll of Honour:

According to Roger Pashby and Alan Hodgson, Bell played one game for Town as a triallist—a 4-0 defeat to Halifax Town on 8th March, 1941. He went on to serve in the Royal Air Force (RAF) and was killed in action when his fighter-bomber crashed into the English Channel a few weeks before D-Day. His name is inscribed on the RAF Runnymede Memorial in Surrey.

Extracts

Sunday Post (24/Jan/1943):

A Berwick officer, Major R. P. M. Bell, Highcliffe, Berwick, has three sons serving in the R.A.F. who have all gained their “wings.” They are Pilot Officers C. R. M. Bell, David P. Bell, and Sergeant-Pilot D. P. M. Bell, just back from America and Canada, where he has been training.

Berwickshire News and General Advertiser (02/Jan/1945):

Presumed Killed — Flight Lieut. D. P. M. Bell., second son of Major and Mrs R. P. M. Bell, Highcliffe, Berwick, who was reported missing from air operations in May of this year, is now officially presumed killed. His brother, Flying Officer C. R. M. Boll, was also killed in air operations. Flight Leut. Bell joined the R.A.F. on leaving Repton College, and was one of three sons of Major and Mrs Bell to serve in the R.A.F.

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