John Cumming Bell (1897-1916)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

BELL, JOHN CUMMING. Lance Corporal. No S/11588. 1st Battalion Black Watch. Born Huddersfield 6.1.1897. Son of Thomas and Isobel E. Bell, 2 Trinity Place, Huddersfield. Educated at Huddersfield College School and Rugby Public School. Enlisted September, 1915, in the 11th Battalion Black Watch and went in a draft to the 1st Battalion in France in January, 1916. Was promoted to Lance Corporal in June, 1916. He fought in the Battle of the Somme from July to September, 1916, and for his gallantry was recommended for the Military Medal. In the capture of a crater in High Wood he was killed instantaneously on 3.9.1916, aged 19 years. Has no known grave. Is commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
ROH:- Huddersfield College School.
His father received the following letter from the Officer Commanding his son's Company, 'In the action on August 17th–18th when in 'No Man's Land', your son volunteered to go forward with me to find 'A' Company, which we believed to be in the German line and eventually he saved me from walking into the German line in mistake for our own. He behaved in such a brave and creditable way that I recommended him for the Military Medal, but he was killed before the award could be made.'

Commonwealth War Graves Commission