|Frederick William Bell|
3 April 1875|
Perth, Western Australia
|Died||28 April 1954
|Buried at||Canford Cemetery, Bristol, England|
|Service/branch||Australian Military Forces
|Years of service||1899–1902
Mentioned in Despatches (2)
Frederick William Bell, VC (3 April 1875 – 28 April 1954) was an Australian 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.
Early life and career
On 16 May 1901 at Brakpan, Transvaal, South Africa, 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.
Bell died on 28 April 1954, and was buried in Canford Cemetery, Bristol, England.
The Frederick Bell ward at the former Repatriation General Hospital, Hollywood was named in his honour.
For many years the Queens and Kings South Africa medal pair awarded to Fred Bell were missing from his group. He had apparently sold these to raise beer money on a night out in Bristol in 1914. The two missing medals eventually turned up in the mid-1980s in Ormskirk, Lancashire. These were bought by Alan Thomas (Medals of England) and via auction were reunited with the VC, which was then with the family in Perth. The Western Australian Government bought the medals in 1984 from a stepson living in Canada. They are on loan to the Australian War Memorial and on display in Canberra until June 2019.
- ""We are the Tenth Light Horse".". Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 – 1954). Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 17 December 1939. p. 31. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
- "No. 27362". The London Gazette. 4 October 1901. p. 6481.
- "The Prince and the Colonial Contingents". The Times (36809). London. 2 July 1902. p. 12.
- "Rare Boer War Victoria Cross medal group goes on display at Australian War Memorial". Australian War Memorial. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
- Chamberlain, M., "The Action at Brakpan", Sabretache: The Journal and Proceedings of the Military Historical Society of Australia, Vol.45, No.4, (September 2004), pp. 41–46.
- H. J. Gibbney, 'Bell, Frederick William (1875–1954)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 7, Melbourne University Press, 1979, p. 253.
- "Boer War Service Record – Frederick William Bell". National Archives of Australia. Retrieved October 9, 2014.
- The Search for Lt Col FW Bell VC (highly detailed biography & photos)