Edward William Derrington Bell

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Edward William Derrington Bell
Batalla del río Almá, por Richard Caton Woodville.jpg
Depiction of the battle of Alma, by Richard Caton Woodville, Jr.
Born (1824-05-18)18 May 1824
Essex, England
Died 10 November 1879(1879-11-10) (aged 55)
Belfast, Ireland
Buried at St Mary's Churchyard, Kempsey
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank Major General
Unit 23rd Regiment of Foot
Battles/wars Crimean War
Indian Mutiny
Awards Victoria Cross
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Légion d'honneur (France)
Order of the Medjidie (Ottoman Empire)

Major General Edward William Derrington Bell, VC, CB (18 May 1824 – 10 November 1879) was a British Army officer and a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

He was 30 years old, and a captain in the 23rd Regiment of Foot (later The Royal Welch Fusiliers) during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 20 September 1854 in the Crimea, at the Battle of Alma, Captain Bell was the first to seize upon and capture one of the enemy's guns which was limbered up and being carried off. He moreover took over the command of his regiment, which he brought out of action, all his senior officers having been killed or wounded.[1]

He later achieved the rank of major general.

He is buried in the churchyard at Kempsey, Worcestershire.

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum (Caernarfon Castle, Gwynedd, Wales).


  1. ^ "no. 21971". The London Gazette. 24 February 1857. p. 659. 

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