Additional Information: His parents are buried in Banbury.Landed on Sword Beach at 07:45 as part of the 2nd Wave of Assault troops., 2nd in command for B Company of the 1st Bn, Lt. Bell Walker took command of the Battalion minutes after landing, as a result of the Company Commander Major R.H. Harrison sustaining wounds that he later died from. Lt. Bell Walker himself was killed during the course of D-Day.
Attended Bloxham School.Robert Charles Bell-Walker, known as Bob, was born in Solihull in 1913, the son of Charles Bell-Walker and Mildred Davis. Along with his brother, he attended Bloxham School, where he was well-known for his skill at rugby. In 1940 he graduated from the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry to an Officer Cadet Training Unit, eventually joining the 1st Battalion South Lancashire Regiment on 4th January 1941.In Spring 1943, he married his fiancée, Kathleen Barbara Muirhead, in Bromley. By this time he was a Lieutenant. He was made company commander on 4th August 1943. On 6th June 1944, D-Day, his battalion landed on Sword Beach at 07:45 as part of the 2nd wave of assault troops. As second in command for B Company of the 1st Battalion, Lieutenant Bell-Walker took command of the Battalion minutes after landing, as a result of the Company Commander Major R.H. Harrison sustaining wounds that he later died from. Lieutenant Bell-Walker was killed leading his platoon up over the beaches, having first taken out a pill-box.Bob Bell-Walker was 31 when he died, and left behind his wife and a daughter, born three months after his death. He is buried in Hermanville War CemeteryWe are grateful to the Honourable Archivist of Bloxham School and to WW2Talk Forum Members for this information
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