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While researching my  last blog, I discovered that one of the soliders mentioned was buried in a cemetery not far from were I live. So, this morning, despite the freezing weather I set off to find the grave of Private David Bell VC.

Private Bell is buried in Woodlands Cemetery, Chatham Kent. In fact, three VC winners are buried there. Private Bell, Claude Congreve Dobson who won his VC in Russia 1919 and Eugene Esmonde who won his in WWII.

It is a lovely Cemetery, very well maintained and with a large Military section for men and officers stationed at Chatham. It didn’t take very long to find Bell’s grave and as you can see from the picture,  it is still looked after.  Walking around a military cemetery is a very sobering experience, seeing the rows of headstones all denoting a person who died while in service for their…

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