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Latest revision as of 12:10, 31 July 2020

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

His two most complete Service Records disagree on a lot of command information. In 1948, he indicated that his last name was "Scott Bell", without a hyphen.

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. He would remain in her until 1 December, 1915.[1]

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. At the same time, he was in charge of nine "E" class submarineds in Group "J" submarines in Reserve at Portsmouth. This oversight ended on 30 September.

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.

See Also

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
Henry B. Crane
Captain of H.M.S. E 51
May, 1920 – 30 Sep, 1920
Succeeded by
Charles E. A. W. Cox
Preceded by
Christopher McC. Merewether
Captain of H.M.S. E 55
May, 1920 – 30 Sep, 1920
Succeeded by
Charles E. A. W. Cox
Preceded by
Lawrence H. Bayley
Captain of H.M.S. E 53
May, 1920 – 30 Sep, 1920
Succeeded by
Charles E. A. W. Cox
Preceded by
Charles H. Allen
Captain of H.M.S. E 42
May, 1920 – 30 Sep, 1920
Succeeded by
Charles E. A. W. Cox
Preceded by
George A. C. Sharp
Captain of H.M.S. E 54
May, 1920 – 30 Sep, 1920
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Oliver North
Captain of H.M.S. E 44
May, 1920 – 30 Sep, 1920
Succeeded by
Charles E. A. W. Cox
Preceded by
Kenneth M. Fardell
Captain of H.M.S. E 48
May, 1920 – 30 Sep, 1920
Succeeded by
Charles E. A. W. Cox
Preceded by
Ronald W. Blacklock
Captain of H.M.S. E 45
May, 1920 – 30 Sep, 1920
Succeeded by
Charles E. A. W. Cox
Preceded by
Leslie H. Ashmore
Captain of H.M.S. E 46
May, 1920 – 30 Sep, 1920
Succeeded by
Charles E. A. W. Cox
Preceded by
Arthur S. Lindsell
Captain of H.M.S. H 27
1 Oct, 1920 – 29 Oct, 1920
Succeeded by
Patrick S. J. Ponsonby
Preceded by
Christopher P. Satow
Captain of H.M.S. L 2
1 Jun, 1921[11][12] – 1 Apr, 1922[13]
Succeeded by
Edward M. C. Barraclough
Preceded by
Andrew L. Besant
Captain of H.M.S. L 25
21 May, 1928[14][15] – 15 Nov, 1929[16]
Succeeded by
Reginald R. Helbert
Preceded by
Lionel H. Phillips
Captain of H.M.S. L 53
23 Feb, 1930[17] – 31 Mar, 1930[18]
Succeeded by
Lionel H. Phillips
Preceded by
George C. P. Menzies
Captain of H.M.S. L 69
1 Apr, 1930[19] – 9 Jun, 1931[20]
Succeeded by
John H. Thomas
Preceded by
Geoffrey M. K. Keble-White
Captain of H.M.S. L 21
9 Jun, 1931[21][22] – 31 Dec, 1931[23]
Succeeded by
Cowley Thomas
Preceded by
Noel A. Beal
Captain of H.M.S. Durban
1 Feb, 1937[24][25] – mid 1937[26]
Succeeded by
Charles S. Bell
Preceded by
Bernard A. W. Warburton-Lee
Captain of H.M.S. Hawkins
24 Jun, 1938[27] – 29 Sep, 1938[28]
Succeeded by
Eustace Rotherham
Preceded by
The Hon. John B. Bruce
Captain of H.M.S. Foxglove
31 Jul, 1939[29] – 22 Aug, 1940[30]
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 196/146/157. f. 157.
  14. The Navy List. (February, 1929). p. 250.
  15. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  16. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  17. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/146/157. f. 157.
  18. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/146/157. f. 157.
  19. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  20. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  21. The Navy List. (July, 1931). p. 249.
  22. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  23. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.
  24. The Navy List. (July, 1937). p. 235.
  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.
  30. Bell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/118/101. f. 101.