Bell, Bill 2018-02-27T15:40:49+00:00

Bell, Bill

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Photos from Service in France
Family Photos
Documents and Letters

Bill Bell, stationed in France

Bill Bell, stationed in France

Photos provided by Rob Turner, great-nephew of Bill Bell. Bill’s sister-in-law, Madeleine, is Rob Turner’s grandmother.

Bill Bell lived in Collinsville, Illinois. He enlisted in July of 1917 in Chicago and was stationed in France from 1918 to 1919. He served as a member of the 13th Engineers Regiment and engaged in battle at Verdun.

Members of the 13th Engineer Regiment.

Members of the 13th Engineer Regiment

Members of the 13th Engineers Regiment, stationed in France.

Members of the 13th Engineers Regiment, stationed in France.

13th Engineers- July 4, 1918

13th Engineers- July 4, 1918

Soldiers of the 13th Regiment with a dog and litter of puppies.

Soldiers of the 13th Regiment with a dog and litter of puppies.

An aerial view of a hospital in France.

An aerial view of a hospital in France.

An aerial view of a town in France.

An aerial view of a town in France.

An aerial photo of a cathedral in France.

An aerial photo of a cathedral in France.

A plane shot down by ground troops. The insignia on the botton of the right wing suggests this is a British or French plane. Many planes would be shot down before troops had a chance to identify them as friend or foe.

A plane shot down by ground troops. The insignia on the bottom of the right wing suggests this is a British or French plane.

Damage to this plane's wing can be seen on the far right. The insignia on the bottom right of the wing suggests it is a French plane.

Damage to this plane’s wing can be seen on the far right. The insignia on the bottom right of the wing suggests it is a French plane.

Bill's wife, Beatrice, and her sister, Madeleine (far left and left).

Bill’s wife, Beatrice (far left), and her sister, Madeleine (middle left).

Bill's sister-in-law, Madeleine, and her husband, Gerald (middle couple).

Bill’s sister-in-law, Madeleine, and her husband, Gerald (middle couple)

Madeleine and Gerald, and their daughter, Marylou.

Madeleine and Gerald, and their daughter, Marylou.

A document describing the Declaration of Peace from the German Government

A document describing the Declaration of Peace from the German Government

This letter was received by all members of the 13th Engineers to commemorate their service.

This letter was received by all members of the 13th Engineers to commemorate their service.

A poem written by Cholly Mahen, one of Bill's friends in the regiment.

A poem written by Cholly Mahen, one of Bill’s friends in the regiment.

Another poem written by Cholly Mahen of the 13th Engineers Regiment.

Another poem written by Cholly Mahen of the 13th Engineers Regiment.

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