Biography

Birth date: 03 April 1875
Birth place: Australia: Western Australia, Perth
Death date: 28 April 1954
Death place: United Kingdom: England, Bristol
Final rank: Lieutenant
Service number: 8 - South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
Units:
  • 6 Mounted Infantry Contingent
  • 1 Mounted Infantry Contingent

Frederick Bell, 6th Western Australian Mounted Infantry, was a Perth-born volunteer in the first Western Australian contingent of troops sent to South Africa. He took part in some of the early battles. He came home in February 1901, but soon left again as an officer in the sixth contingent. While rescuing a dismounted man during fighting at Brakpan, Transvaal, South Africa, his own horse fell under the combined weight of the two men. Giving his mount to the other rider, he provided covering fire to allow him to escape.

Bell later lived in parts of Africa, served in the British army in the First World War, and eventually retired to Britain, where he died.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Private
  • Unit: 1 Mounted Infantry Contingent
  • Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Unit: 6 Mounted Infantry Contingent
  • Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 6 Mounted Infantry Contingent
  • Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
  • Awarded: Mention in despatches
  • Unit: 6 Mounted Infantry Contingent
  • Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)

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Timeline

Date of birth 1875-04-03
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1899-10
Other units 1899-10-01 - 1900-07-01 1 Western Australian (Mounted Infantry) Contingent.
Date wounded 1900-07-19 Seriously wounded in engagement with Boers at Palmeitfontein.
Date commissioned 1901-03-08 Lieutenant.
Other units 1901-03-08 6 (Mounted Infantry) Contingent.
Date of honour or award 1901-05-16 Awarded Victoria Cross for action at Brakpan, Transvaal, South Africa whilst serving with 6th West Australian Mounted Infantry as a Lieutenant.
Date of discharge 1902-05
Other 1902-07-01 Presented Victoria Cross by the Prince of Wales.
Other units 1915 - 1918 Royal Irish Dragoon Guards.
Date of death 1954-04-28