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33166   Private Richard Bell
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 10th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) (British Army)
Died: 22/07/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Richard Bell was born in Cookstown, and at the outbreak of the First World War he was living and working in Glasgow. He enlisted in Glasgow with the 10th Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). In July 1917 Richard was seriously wounded and taken to hospital in Etaples. It had been hoped to get him to hospital in England but by the time of his arrival at Etaples he was considered too ill to travel. He died there on 22nd July 1917.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery
  Etaples, Pas De Calais, 4
Grave Ref: Grave 25-K-3
CWGC Casualty 498972
Étaples is a town about 27 kilometres south of Boulogne. The Military Cemetery is to the north of the town, on the west side of the road to Boulogne. During the First World War, the area around Étaples was the scene of immense concentrations of Commonwealth reinforcement camps and hospitals. It was remote from attack, except from aircraft, and accessible by railway from both the northern or the southern battlefields. In 1917, 100,000 troops were camped among the sand dunes and the hospitals, which included eleven general, one stationary, four Red Cross hospitals and a convalescent depot, could deal with 22,000 wounded or sick. In September 1919, ten months after the Armistice, three hospitals and the Q.M.A.A.C. convalescent depot remained.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - East Panel 2018 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 211
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1 Ireland's Memorial Records 1914-18 page 128 Richard Bell, born Cookstown
2 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
3 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Richard Bell's grave can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023