|THE VICTORIA CROSS GROUP AWARDED TO LIEUTENANT COLONEL FREDERICK BELL, WEST AUSTRALIAN MOUNTED INFANTRY, A SECOND BOER WAR AWARD, HAS BEEN LODGED WITH THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM IN PERTH.|
|16 July 2016|
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|Medal entitlement of Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Bell,
West Australian Mounted Infantry
|The Frederick Bell Victoria Cross group was placed for sale at a Spink auction in Canada in 1984 and was purchased by the Government of Western Australia for historical reasons as Frederick Bell had been born in Perth in 1875. Since 1984 the Frederick Bell VC medal group has been lodged with the Western Australian Museum in Perth.
For the award of the Victoria Cross.
[ London Gazette, 4th October 1901 ] Brakpan, Transvaal, South Africa, 16 May 1901, Lieutenant Frederick William Bell, West Australian Mounted Infantry.
"When retiring through a heavy fire after holding the right flank, Lieutenant Bell noticed a man dismounted and returned and took him up behind him. The horse, not being equal to the weight, fell with them. Lieutenant Bell then remained behind and covered the man's retirement till he was out of danger."Frederick Bell was invested with his Victoria Cross by the Prince of Wales ( the future King George V ) at Horse Guards Parade on the 1st July 1902.
Frederick Bell died in Bristol, England, on the 28th April 1954 and was buried in the city's Canford Cemetery.
Iain Stewart, 16 July 2016