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  • Canada, CEF. A Trio to Driver William Bell, Canadian Field Artillery
  • Canada, CEF. A Trio to Driver William Bell, Canadian Field Artillery
  • Canada, CEF. A Trio to Driver William Bell, Canadian Field Artillery

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Canada, CEF. A Trio to Driver William Bell, Canadian Field Artillery



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Canada, CEF. A Trio to Driver William Bell, Canadian Field Artillery

1914-15 Star (84107 DVR. W. BELL, CAN. FD. ART.); British War Medal (84107 DVR. W. BELL. C.F.A.); and Victory Medal (84107 DVR. W. BELL. C.F.A.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, dark patina and edge nicks on the BWM, edge wear and nicks on the VM, contact marks, replacement ribbons, fine. Footnote: William Bell was born on October 10, 1892 in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, England. He enlisted with the Canadian Field Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force on November 12th in Guelph, Ontario and signed his Attestation Paper as a Driver (84107) with the Canadian Field Artillery, on November 26, 1914 in London, Ontario, at the age of 22, naming his next-of-kin as his father, James Joseph Bell of Sunderland, England, stating that he was with an active militia, the 16th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, that he was not married, that his religion was Church of England and that his trade was that of Telephone Lineman. He was briefly hospitalized at Guelph with "La Grippe" (Pneumonia) from February 22 to 23, 1915. Driver Bell embarked Canada aboard the S.S. Missanabie on May 20, 1915, arriving in England on the 30th. Six weeks later, Driver Bell was training in England with the 16th Battery, 4th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery at Westenhanger, Kent, when he ran afoul of the authorities. He was declared "Absent Without Leave" from July 10 to 11 and for his indiscretion, was confined to base for 3 days and forfeited 2 days' pay. He was again declared "Absent Without Leave" from July 22 to 25, with the punishment this time increased to his being confined to base for 7 days and forfeiting 4 days' pay. He was declared "Absent Without Leave" for a third time, from August 8 to 9 and was confined to base for 5 days and forfeited 3 days' pay. He embarked Southampton for service in the French theatre on September 14, 1915, arriving in France on the 15th. Driver Bell was transferred to the 6th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery upon re-organization of the establishment on May 21, 1916, joining them the following day. He became "sick" in the field and was initially treated at No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance on February 5, 1917, before being transferred to No. 23 Casualty Clearing Station the same day. He was placed on No. 17 Ambulance Transport on the 7th, after having been diagnosed with "Gonorrhea" and was eventually admitted to No. 39 General Hospital at Le Havre on the 12th, where he would be treated for the next week, before being discharged on the 19th. While he was hospitalized, he forfeited his field allowance. Upon leaving hospital, he was posted to the Canadian Base Depot on March 20, 1917, leaving the base for his unit on March 22nd and joining them on the 28th. Later that Fall, Driver Bell was admitted to No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance on October 13, 1917 with a case of "Scabies" (not an infection, but an infestation of tiny mites called Sarcoptes scabiei, which set up shop in the outer layers of human skin. As the mites burrow and lay eggs inside the skin, the infestation leads to relentless itching and an angry rash). He was transferred to No. 42 Casualty Clearing Station the same day, followed by a transfer to No. 51 Casualty Clearing Station on the 14th, where he would remain for the next twelve days before returning to duty on the 26th and rejoining his unit on the 28th. Early in the new year, he was sentenced to 14 days' Field Punishment No. 1 on January 6, 1918, "for while on Active Service, he was absent without leave, in that he overstayed his pass from 6:30 a.m. on December 30, 1917 until 6:30 a.m. on January 3, 1918, total of 5 days, and forfeits 5 days' pay". Field Punishment No. 1 consisted of the convicted man being placed in fetters and handcuffs or similar restraints and attached to a fixed object, such as a gun wheel or a fence post, for up to two hours per day. During the early part of the First World War, the punishment was often applied with the arms stretched out and the legs tied together, giving rise to the nickname "crucifixion". Upon the ceasing of hostilities, he proceeded to England on April 15, 1919, where he was posted to "H" Wing at the Canadian Corps Camp at Witley, for return to Canada. He embarked for home aboard HMT Minnekahda on May 14, 1919. Driver William Bell, Canadian Field Artillery was discharged upon demobilization at No. 1 Military District in London, Ontario, on May 25, 1919, credited with having served in Canada, England and France, entitled to wear the War Service Badge, Class "A", number 262282, and stated his proposed residence as Guelph. For his First World War service, he was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
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