Corporal John Frederick Spencer Bell Durham Light Infantry

Written by Karen Day
First Published


John's residence is recorded as Hull but his family home was 10 Old Row, Burton Stather with his parents Maurice William and Edith Florence along with his siblings.

British troops among the ruins of Tobruk
British troops among ruins in Tobruk.
© IWM (E 4800)

Reading John's story we realise he must have been a tough and brave young man. He was a regular soldier, joining the Durham Light Infantry in 1936. He is recorded in a supplement to our parish magazine, published just after the war ended, as having served in China and Syria pre war. He was wounded during the siege of Tobruk but escaped on a raft finally being rescued after 3 days in the Mediterranean. Picked up and taken to Malta where he was again wounded at Valletta.

John took part in the Sicily and Italy invasions, was taken prisoner in Italy with the 10th Indian Division but he once again escaped going back into action at Perugia.

We believe that John is the young J. Bell pictured on our Brickworks page, front right.

John died of wounds received on 7th July 1944 and was laid to rest in Assisi War Cemetery, Italy.

John's story is still a work in progress and any further information would be gratefully received please Email FTAO Karen.

Record Details for John Frederick Spencer Bell

First Names:John Frederick Spencer
Initials:J. F. S.
Death Date:
Family Info:Parents: Maurice William and Edith Florence Bell, of Burton-on-Stather, Lincolnshire.
Service Number:4452108
Service:British Army
Regiment:Durham Light Infantry
Battalion:1st Battalion
Grave:Assisi War Cemetery - IX, A, 11. Map
Place of Death:Italy
Bench:Green at Bottom Pub under the Cherry Tree. Mapphoto


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