Guest Posted 19 February , 2018 Share Posted 19 February , 2018 I have just received the following from 12th R.I.R Association in relation to my Grandfather..Great to have been given so much info....I really am grateful....They also gave me a copy of his medal card for his M.C Gerald Bell great to hear from you I have gathered some info on your grandfather. He is commemorated on Bangor First Presbyterian Church as having served in 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rilfes but from a couple of sources I think he saw service with the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rilfes.From the roll of honour in the church William was from College Avenue Bangor. Initially he served with the 6th Battalion the Royal Highlanders (Black Watch). He was according the the London Gazette commisioned into the Royal Irish Rilfes in January 1916. • The Royal Irish Rifles. The undermentioned to be temporary Second Lieutenants (on probation): — Dated 6th January, 1916.. William Rosslyn Bell. He deployed to France in March 1916. The London Gazette also records his citation for the awarding of the Military Cross which is shown below • T./Capt. William Rosslyn Bell, 15th, attd. 1st Bn. R. Ir. Rif. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations south of Dadizeele, on October 4th, 1918. When a platoon of his company had suffered severely from machinegun fire and had been reduced to one officer and three men and the enemy had counterattacked, he brought up reinforcements, and restored the position, inflicting severe losses on the enemy. His prompt initiative and personal gallantry were a great * encouragement to his men, and helped materially to restore the situation. Your Grandfather also served in WW2 again this is recorded in the London Gazette in 1940 as shown below: • AUXILIARY MILITARY PIONEER CORPS. 1940 Capt. William Rosslyn BELL/ M.C. (I42759)- I have also attached your Granfathers medal card. I hope this is help to you and your grandfather was clearly an outstanding and brave soldier. I would dearly like to know more about the actions of this day if at all possible. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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