How Second Lieutenant Donald Bell earned a Victoria Cross for his actions during The Somme (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)

Steel helmet belonging to 2Lt Donald Bell VC

Sporting stars who died during the First and Second World War – The helmet that footballer Donald Bell was wearing when he was killed

This is a great article about 2nd Lieutenant Donald Bell VC.  His award was postumous because he was killed a few days after his deeds, on 10th July 1916.  What caught my eye is the steel helmet which brought to mind a quote from my grandad.  He also had a bullet through his helmet at Montauban on 1st July 1916, but it just ‘scraped’ his head.  He then used The Steel Helmet for title of his journal for Martin Middlebrook.

“A few days after the initial advance I took my helmet to the Company QMS for renewal as it had a hole in it made by a bullet, which had caused it to roll up like the petal of a flower.”

I hope Bradford Telegraph & Argos are happy I use there photo on my About – The Steel Helmet page.

Source: How Second Lieutenant Donald Bell earned a Victoria Cross for his actions during The Somme (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)

NOT FORGOTTEN

nb Donald is not a relative, so far as I know.

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