7046436 Rifleman George William BELL, 1st Bn Royal Ulster Rifles

Discussion in 'Airborne' started by Williamshaz, Oct 26, 2020.

  1. Williamshaz

    Williamshaz New Member

    Would anyone have any information on
    Rifleman George William Bell 7046436 1st Airborne Royal Ulster Rifles
    From Banbridge Co Down Northern Ireland
    Killed in action 24th March 1945 ( Varsity)
    Buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery
    Any info on what happened or where is was killed etc
    Would be greatly appreciated
    It’s for his aunt , both uncles served with the royal ulster Rifles 1 came home 1 didn’t
  2. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron

    Welcome aboard. Others may come along and help. Always apply for his Service Record, even if the turnaround is reported as a year plus now. See: Get a copy of military service records Upload the records here once you've obtained them and then the forum can get to work on them.

    Please do not pay for any site on the internet who promise you his service records they will not have them, and you would have wasted your money.

    Adding what you have already found can help, saves others from duplication. A Date of Birth and a Service Number help, though the experts here can surmount that gap.

    I have noted the 'Other Ranks' rarely feature in Google searches unless they have been awarded gallantry medals or written their memoirs.

    Searching Google will sometimes bring you back here. The site’s search engine is rather simple; two examples 53rd Field will bring back all mentions of 53rd; an Army unit can have after 53rd an additional official name, in one case 53rd (Bolton). You must be agile and keep going.

    War diaries can contain almost anything. At the very least, they give the daily movements and most important actions of every unit. They may also contain information on casualties, message logs, rolls of officers (but not O.R.'s), maps, orders, and much else. They are available at the PRO to everyone. Drew5233 and some others are willing to scan them for the benefit of those who cannot get to the National Archives at Kew.

    It depends of course how much you want to know, just one battle or campaign for an example.

    Please come back and tell us what you found. Scanning threads it is clear some discover the site years after your posts and add their information or request help. Good luck.
  3. Lizdutch

    Lizdutch New Member

    I am also looking for information about what happened during Varsity with the RUR. I adopted the grave from Rifleman Michael Thompson who got wounded on the 24th of May and died of his wounds a few days later in my hometown Venray The Netherlands. I wonder If they knew each other.

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