Private Henry Bell (1463074) served as a gunner in the Royal Artillery during World War Two. He fought in the 9th (Londonderry) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment.
Henry Bell and The Derry Boys
The 9th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment became known at “The Derry Boys”. They fought alongside the Desert Rats in North Africa before taking part in the Italian invasion.
They landed at Salerno in September 1943 on D-Day + 6. While in Italy, they received praise for the accuracy and effectiveness of their shooting.
Bell was killed on 4th April 1944 at the age of twenty-nine. He left behind a wife, Martha Bell of Harryville, Co. Antrim. He was the son of William McNiece Bell and Hannah Grace Louisa Bell of Ballymena, Co. Antrim.
Henry Bell’s grave is in Section C, Square 17, Grave 19 of Ballymena New Cemetery, Cushendall Road, Ballymena, Co. Antrim.