BELL, Francis

No.12131, Private, Francis BELL
Aged 28

7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Sunday, 1st August 1915

Francis Robert Bell was born in 1887 in Ashley (Newmarket Q4-1887 3B:516A), baptised 1892 in Ashley cum Silverley, son of Benjamin and Maria BELL (née HEAD).

1891 census...Aged 3, he was at Chapel Row, Ashley cum Silverley with his father Benjamin BAILEY [39] gamekeeper/drover, born Ashley; his mother Maria [41] born Barrow and brother James Ben [12], born Ashley.

1901 census...Aged 13, a farm labourer, he was at The Green, Ashley cum Silverley with his parents and brother James (bricklayer's labourer).

1911 census...Aged 23, still single and a farm labourer, he was at Ashley cum Silverley with his parents. His mother had borne 2 other children, Georgina HEAD [1869] and Lily [1863] both born in Barrow, Both survive in this census.

The pension card has his mother in Ashley.

He enlisted in Newmarket.
The 7th Suffolks were in the Ploegsteert area and on August 1st a bombing party was sent out, but one bomb exploded prematurely, killing 1 man and wounding two others. Since only two died that day, it must have been either L/Cpl Pugh or Frank who was the victim.

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Francis Bell is buried in Gunners Farm Military Cemetery, grave A:67

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