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31237   Private Thomas Bell
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 02/09/1896
Died: 28/09/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 21
Thomas Bell was the second son of James and Mary Bell. Thomas was born on 2nd September 1896 in the Coagh area. He was one of eleven children, seven surviving. All were born in the Coagh area. Sometime between 1907 and 1911 the family moved to Cookstown. Thomas worked as a weaver. Thomas Bell enlisted with the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in Glasgow in January 1917. Private Bell was seriously wounded in September 1917 and was taken to hospital in Vuerne and died of his wounds there on 28th September 1917.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Coxyde Military Cemetery
  Koksijde, West-Vlaanderen, 2
Grave Ref: Grave 4-B-23
CWGC Casualty 89299
Coxyde Military Cemetery is located approximately 500 metres beyond the village of Koksijde on the N396 towards De Panne. From Koksijde Dorp the N396, Houtsaegerlaan crosses the Zeelaan and at the same time changes its name to Robert Vandammestraat. 1 Km along the Robert Vandammestraat N369, on the right hand side, lies the cemetery.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - East Panel 1927 Cookstown
2 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - East Panel 2018 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 222
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Bell family 1901 census lists Thomas as age 4 at house 17 in Mullaghwotragh, Munterevlin, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Bell family 1911 census lists Thomas as age 14 at house 32 in Gortalowry, Cookstown TO BE CONFIRMED
3 Photo of Private Thomas Bell's grave
4 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Private Thomas Bell
5 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
6 Census suggests they lived in Mullaghwotragh, Ardboe
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Thomas Bell's grave cannot be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023