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Name: Kenneth BELL
Casualty No.: Ranks: Lance Corporal Initials: K Service No.: 2656611
Date of Birth : 04/01/1916 Place of Birth : West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Age at Death: 25
Unit: Coldstream Guards
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Barmoor, West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 5 Seymour Terrace, Barmoor, West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address: Townley Cottages, Barmoor, West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment: Police Officer (former coal miner at Emma Colliery)
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Friday 18th April 1941
Place of Death: El Alamein, Egypt.
Battle/Campaign: North Africa Campaign.
Locally Commemorated: Emma Colliery Memorial, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Holy Cross Church, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Bible Communicant Member, Holy Cross Church, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: El Alamein Memorial, Egypt.
Buried: No known grave.
Decoration and Medals: 1939-45 Star. Africa Star. War Medal.
Photographs: 1
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary:
Family Details:
Youngest son of Robert and Elizabeth Bell (nee Carr, Blackhill, Co Durham) of 5 Seymour Terrace, Barmoor West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Notes : Kenneth was educated at Ryton school. He started work as a miner at Emma Colliery on 17th February 1930 at the age of 14. Left the colliery on 11th August 1934. At the age of 18 he enlisted in the Coldstream Guards. After serving for four years he left the forces to join the Police Force, serving in the Hartlepool area, although he was retained as a Reservist. On the outbreak of war he re-enlisted in the Guards. Formerly a choir member of the Holy Cross Parish Church, Ryton on Tyne.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Army Roll of Honour 1939-45. Newcastle Evening Chronicle, Roll of Honour, 4th July 1941. War's toll on Northerners, 5th July 1941. Blaydon Courier. Information provided by family members.
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