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1st/5th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers l/cpl R.E. Bell No 1437


John Bell
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Trying to establish which Company my great uncle served in and where he would have been on the day he died 24/5/1915 in the Ypres area. All four Companies were attached to other regiments in the 12th Brigade, 4th Division. War Diary is from "La Brique" and other sources mention Irish Farm, Turco's Farm and Canada Farm.

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1 hour ago, John Bell said:

Trying to establish which Company my great uncle served in and where he would have been on the day he died 24/5/1915 in the Ypres area. All four Companies were attached to other regiments in the 12th Brigade, 4th Division. War Diary is from "La Brique" and other sources mention Irish Farm, Turco's Farm and Canada Farm.

Welcome to the forum.  You are probably aware of the actual allocation of the companies to the various battalions in the 12 Brigade.  There is some information on the action in Alan Isaac Grint's book "A Sturdy Race of Men" which also has a photograph of R E Bell.  There are many pages in the war diary of 12 Brigade which shows the disposition of some of the battalions.  If you have Ancestry, it begins at:

https://www.ancestry.co.uk/imageviewer/collections/60779/images/43112_1501_0-00439?treeid=&personid=&hintid=&queryId=95d7987c58a7e59b204b857e3f6e9498&usePUB=true&_phsrc=fwj88&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true&_ga=2.234537630.1443846311.1637172191-515956575.1631396895&pId=420704

Alternatively, you can download the diary for free (if you register) from the National Archives:

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14017011

They may not answer your query directly and, as he has no known grave, it may not be possible to find out exactly where he was killed thus linking him to a specific battalion in 12 Brigade.

If all else fails you could try to contact the author of the book via Pen & Sword publishers to see if he has any more information.

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