Diamond War Memorial Project

Private Victor Nelson Bell

North Irish Horse/9th Battalion, Princess Victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers) Regimental Number 41254
Born: ---- Died: 1917-10-26 Aged: 20 Enlisted: ------

Buried in Neuville-Bourjonval British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Name commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial. Name was also recorded on City of Derry Presbyterian Working Men's Institute, Diamond, Londonderry, Great War Roll of Honour.

Son of Robert and Margaret Elizabeth (nee Hanna) Bell, Marlborough Avenue / 11, Westland Avenue, Londonderry. Brother of Samuel Hanna (born February 6, 1899); Cecil William Edward (born July 12, 1902); Robert Oswald (born April 8, 1904); George Leslie (born April 12, 1906); and Alice (born January 17, 1911).

Member of Carlisle Road Presbyterian Church. Employed in Messrs. Burns' shipping office prior to the Great War. Enlisted in North Irish Horse on September 5, 1914 (Regimental Number 1154). Transferred to Royal Irish Fusiliers in August 1917.

Less than a month after the death of Private Bell, his 'dear old chum and comrade in arms', Private Robert A. Mitchell, Royal Irish Fusiliers (formerly North Irish Horse), placed the following tribute in a Londonderry newspaper:

'There is a link death cannot sever;

Fond remembrance will last for ever.'

Robert Bell, 11, Westland Avenue, ex-Assistant Superintendent Post Office, Londonderry, and member of Commercial Masonic Lodge 164, died at the City and County Infirmary, Londonderry, on January 25, 1920.