Corporal John Bell

Corporal John Douglas Bell, 11th ( Service) Battalion, Royal Scots. He was killed in action in France, aged 24, on the 24th March 1918 during the German Spring Offensive (Operation Michael). He had been born in Galashiels and was the son of Henry and Isabella Bell of At Andrew Street, Galashiels and 206 Dalry Road, Edinburgh. He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. He fell during the fighting withdrawal to Guillemont Ridge which prevented the Battalion from being surrounded. Casualties for the period 24th -26th March were very heavy. 4 Officers and 18 Other Ranks were killed and 8 Officers and 168 Other Ranks were wounded. In addition 6 Officers and 238 Other Ranks were posted missing. The photos show Allied troops in defensive positions.

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