Bell Joseph Russell Cpl 4456672

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Name Bell Joseph Russell
Army number 4456672
Rank Cpl
Decorations MiD
Date of birth Born County Durham, probably 1914/15.
Age 28
Unit Enlisted in The Durham Light Infantry, T, no enlistment date - but probably Spring 1939. Posted 10th Bn DLI, probably September 1939. Served BEF. Prisoner of War 12/7/1940. DIED as Prisoner of War - shot by Germans while attempting to escape from PoW Camp. (Not recorded in Official PoW volume).
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role
Joined Brigade
Prisoner of War 12/7/40
Died/Killed in action 24-Jul-43
Home address Resident of County Durham. Son of William Moore and Florence Hilda Bell, 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.