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6270   Private George Reilly Bell
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 12/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 25/09/1889
Died: 21/01/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 27
George Reilly Bell was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Bell. He was born in Castledawson on 25th September 1889. George worked on the family farm in Castledawson for some years. He went on to become a Royal Irish Constabulary (R.I.C.) Constable stationed at Lisburn. George Bell enlisted at Dublin. Private Bell was severely wounded by shrapnel at Hohenzollern Redoubt, but he returned to the front. Private George Reilly Bell was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Irish Guards when he was killed in action on 21st January 1918. He was 28 years old.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Browns Copse Cemetery
  Roeux, Pas de Calais, 4
Grave Ref: Grave IV-C-36
CWGC Casualty 567376
Roeux is a village about 8 kilometres east of Arras. Brown's Copse Cemetery is about one kilometre north-west of Roeux on the eastern outskirts of the neighbouring village of Fampoux. It is signposted from Fampoux village.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Castledawson WW1 Memorial - Panel 1 Castledawson
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

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1 They Didn't Come Home - Castledawson - WWI 14
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Bell family 1901 census lists George R as age 11 living with the family at house 2 in Annaghmore, Castledawson, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Bell family 1911 census lists George Reilly as age 21 living with the family at house 1 in Annaghmore, Castledawson, Londonderry
3 Castledawson War Dead Details of Private George Reilly Bell
4 Facebook - Castledawson Life Photo of Private George Reilly Bell
5 Photo of Private George Reilly Bell's grave
6 Lisburn newspaper report Details of Private George Reilly Bell
7 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here.
8 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private George Reilly Bell's grave can be purchased here
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023