Bell Joseph Russell Cpl 4456672

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Corporal Joseph Russell Bell, 10th Battalion The Durham Light Infantry.
Corporal Joseph Russell Bell, 10th Battalion The Durham Light Infantry.

Name Bell Joseph Russell
Army number 4456672
Rank Corporal.
Decorations Mentioned in Despatches.
Date of birth Born County Durham, probably 1914/15.
Age 28 at the time of his death.
Unit Enlisted in The Durham Light Infantry, Territorial, no exact enlistment date - but his Regimental Number suggests probably Spring 1939. Posted initially to the 6th Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry. Posted 10th Bn DLI, probably 1st September 1939 on the establishment of the Battalion. Served in Northern France with the B.E.F. Taken Prisoner of War - probably on 20/5/1940 - officially notified 12/7/1940. DIED as a Prisoner of War - shot by German guards while attempting to escape from PoW Camp. (Not recorded in Official PoW volume as this appears to exclude deaths in custody).
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role
Joined Brigade 1/9/1939.
Prisoner of War Yes - 12/7/40
Died/Killed in action Died 24-Jul-43
Home address Resident of County Durham. Son of William Moore Bell and Florence Hilda Bell, Manor Road, Evenwood. Buried Grave 5. A. 11. Malbork Commonwealth War Cemetery.
Source table 10DLI

The DLI Roll of Honour shows Cpl Bell - in error - as being with 1st Battalion DLI. His place of death in the War Office list of WW2 deaths is shown as France and Belgium - apparently a convention as that is where he was taken prisoner - whereas he was actually killed in Northern Poland.

A PoW Group photo featuring Corporal Bell is shown here:-

PoW Group including Corporal Bell