Thomas Ian Scott Bell

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Captain (retired) Thomas Ian Scott Bell, D.S.C. (11 March, 1896 – c. 1956) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Bell's father was a lawyer. He passed out of the training establishment on 15 September, 1910 and was appointed to the battleship Africa the same day.[1]

Great War

Bell volunteered for Submarine Service on 13 August, 1915 but continued to serve in Africa until 1 December, 1915 when he was appointed to the sweeping sloop Poppy. On 15 October, 1916 Bell was appointed to Dolphin for a submarine course and on 11 December, 1916 was appointed to the C 23.

On 19 June, 1917 he transferred to the E 46 and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 July, 1917.[2]

On 8 May 1919, Bell was sent to the Periscope School. On 1 August, he emerged and was appointed in command of the "R" Class submarine R 3.

In summer 1920, he travelled to Cologne, Germany.

Bell was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 15 July, 1925.[3]

Bell reverted to General Service from submarines on 21 January, 1932. Despite this, Bell was appointed in command of H.M.S. Hornet, the former C.M.B. 102, on 9 January, 1933, and for duty with submarines. He left when he was appointed to Effingham for the duration of a cruise on 14 June, 1934.[4]

World War II

On 24 August, 1940 Bell was appointed in command of the Q-ship H.M.S. Beauly, vice Ashton. On 18 October, 1940 he was gazetted a D.S.C. for good service under attack by enemy aircraft.[5]

Bell was placed on the Retired List on account of age with the rank of Commander on 11 March, 1941.[6]

Bell was appointed in command of the leased infantry landing ship H.M.S. Rocksand on 6 November, 1944 and he was mentioned in despatches on 14 November for his work in the Normandy landings.[7]

Bell was promoted to the rank of Captain on 15 July, 1946.[8]

On 24 August, 1956, he was admitted to Haslar Hospital with cerebral thrombosis. He was discharged to his own home on the 28th of August.

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Bibliography

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. R 3
1 Aug, 1919[9] – 12 Nov, 1919[10]
Succeeded by
Vivian R. S. Bowlby
Preceded by
Christopher P. Satow
Captain of H.M.S. L 2
1 Jun, 1921[11][12] – 15 Aug, 1924[13]
Succeeded by
Edward M. C. Barraclough
Preceded by
Charles R. Thompson
Captain of H.M.S. L 33
c. 1924[14]
Succeeded by
Geoffrey Healey
Preceded by
Andrew L. Besant
Captain of H.M.S. L 25
21 May, 1928[15][16] – 15 Nov, 1929[17]
Succeeded by
Reginald R. Helbert
Preceded by
Walter E. Higham
Captain of H.M.S. L 69
1 Apr, 1930[18] – 9 Jun, 1931[19]
Succeeded by
John H. Thomas
Preceded by
Geoffrey M. K. Keble-White
Captain of H.M.S. L 21
9 Jun, 1931[20][21] – 31 Dec, 1931[22]
Succeeded by
Cowley Thomas
Preceded by
Noel A. Beal
Captain of H.M.S. Durban
1 Feb, 1937[23][24] – mid 1937[25]
Succeeded by
Charles S. Bell
Preceded by
Bernard A. W. Warburton-Lee
Captain of H.M.S. Hawkins
24 Jun, 1938[26] – 29 Sep, 1938[27]
Succeeded by
Eustace Rotherham
Preceded by
The Hon. John B. Bruce
Captain of H.M.S. Foxglove
31 Jul, 1939[28] – 22 Aug, 1940[29]
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  2. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  3. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  4. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  5. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  6. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  7. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  8. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  9. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  10. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  11. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  12. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 775.
  13. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  14. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 251.
  15. The Navy List. (February, 1929). p. 250.
  16. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  17. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  18. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  19. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  20. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 249.
  21. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  22. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  23. The Navy List. (July, 1937). p. 235.
  24. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  25. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  26. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  27. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  28. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  29. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.