Frederick Secker Bell

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Captain Frederick Secker Bell, C.B. (17 August, 1897 – 23 November, 1973) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of company director F. B. Bell, Esq..

Bell was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 June, 1918.[1]

On 24 June 1918, D 6 was torpedoed and sunk by UB 73. Bell and his commanding officer Lt. Samuel Arthur Brooks, who had just relieved Bell on the bridge were the only men to survive. Both were taken prisoner by the German submarine, which radioed a message en claire detailing the fact to the flotilla depot ship, H.M.S. Platypus.

Bell was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 June, 1926.[2]

Bell was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1931.[3]

Bell was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1938.[4]

World War II

Appointed in command of the battleship Anson on 19 January, 1946.

In ill health, on 22 November, 1946, Captain Markham Henry Evelegh replaced Bell in command of the battleship Anson.

Retired 8 January, 1948.[5]

See Also

Bibliography

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Henry H. Harwood
Captain of H.M.S. Exeter
Aug, 1939[6] – Apr, 1940[7]
Succeeded by
Walter N. T. Beckett

Footnotes

  1. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/185. f. 185.
  2. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/185. f. 185.
  3. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/185. f. 185.
  4. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/185. f. 185.
  5. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/119/185. f. 185.
  6. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.
  7. Mackie, Colin. ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS.