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Remembered with Honour


Remembered with honour


In Memory of


73339, 1st Bn., Durham Light Infantry

who died

on 29 March 1918

Benjamin Bell born 31st March 1885 Skinningrove son of William George and Mary Jane Bell of Skinningrove.

Benjamin attended the local school and worked at Skinningrove Ironstone Mine. He moved to Durham to work in a Ironstone Mine.

Married Rachel Ann Merryman 5th August 1911 at St George Church, South Moor, Stanley, County Durham.

Benjamin enlisted with Durham Light Infantry (Reserve) 10th December 1915.Was enlisted for short service 9th August 1917, posted to France 19th January 1918 .Died in France 29th March 1918

war memorelHis name is on Skinningrove War Memorial as well as The Pozieres Memorial in France Panel 68 to 72.

The Pozieres Memorial relates to the period of crisis in March and April 1918 when the Allied Fifth Army was driven back by overwhelming numbers, across The Former Somme Battlefields,and months that followed before the  advance to Victory, which began on 8th August 1819. The memorial commemorates over 14,000 casualties of the United Kingdom and 300 of South African Forces who have no known grave who died on the Somme from 21st March to 7th Augustt 1918. The Durham Light Infantry lost approximately 600 men  Benjamin was one of those men, his body was not found for burial