A First War Group to the Bellman Brothers; Battle of Festubert
A First War Group to the Bellman Brothers; Battle of Festubert - Private Weedon Douglas Bellman: 1914-15 Star (1839. PTE. W.D. BELLMAN, 21-LOND. R.); British War Medal (1839 PTE. W.D. BELLMAN. 21-LOND. R.); and Victory Medal (1839 PTE. W.D. BELLMAN. 21-LOND. R.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, original ribbons, very fine. Accompanied by his Memorial Plaque (WEEDON DOUGLAS BELLMAN) with mounting hole, fine. Private Harold S. Bellman: 1914-15 Star (-241057 PTE. H. BELLMAN. R. FUS.); British War Medal (-1336 PTE. H.S. BELLMAN. R. FUS.); Victory Medal (I-1336 PTE. H.S. BELLMAN. R. FUS.); and Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (un-named). Naming on the Star indicates that both the rank, as well as the regiment, has been erased and privately engraved. Naming on both the British War Medal and the Victory Medal indicates that the rank and regiment have been erased and privately re-engraved. Un-mounted, original ribbons, better than fine. Footnote: Private Weedon Douglas Bellman, 21st London Regiment (First Surrey Rifles) and Private Harold S. Bellman, Royal Fusiliers were the sons of H.D. Bellman and Jannette Bellman, of 59,, Whitley Road, Eastbourne, Surrey, England. 1839 Private Weedon Douglas Bellman, 21st London Regiment (First Surrey Rifles) was born in London. He died on June 14, 1915, at the age of 19, as the result of wounds incurred at La Bassee during the Battle of Festubert on May 23, 1915 and is buried in Eastbourne (Ocklynge) Cemetery, Eastbourne, Surrey, Grave P. 293. For his First World War service, he was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal, with his father receiving his medals and his Memorial Plaque. Eastbourne contained a very large Military Convalescent Hospital which was opened in April 1915 as Eastbourne Military Hospital, before becoming No. 14 Canadian General Hospital in January 1917, until October 1919. It contains 129 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. 1336 Private Harold S. Bellman, Royal Fusiliers began the war as a Driver with the Army Service Corps and according to online records of the National Archives, indeed was a Private with the Royal Fusiliers after his stint with the A.S.C. This is likely the reason for these private corrections, incorporating the removal of the Army Service Corps identification and replacing it with that of the Royal Fusiliers, as he did have at least two sets of regimental numbers. For his First World War service, he was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. He survived the war and immigrated to Canada, where he was later to serve with the Canadian Army during the Second World War, earning him the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal.