Edward William Derrington Bell
|Edward William Derrington Bell|
Depiction of the battle of Alma, by Richard Caton Woodville, Jr.
18 May 1824|
|Died||10 November 1879
|Buried at||St Mary's Churchyard, Kempsey|
|Unit||23rd Regiment of Foot|
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.
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.
He later achieved the rank of major general.