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