Date added: 9 Nov 2009
I was lucky enough to know Dinger Bell as we knew him.
We were great mates during our RMP training at Inkerman Barracks Woking from Oct 1956 until we both went overseas, I went to Singapore and Bill went to Cyprus. Dinger was fun to be with from the time he woke up in the morning until the time we turned out the lights at the end of a hard days training. He was one of the nicest guys anyone would wish to know and I was devasted to hear that he had been killed as we stood in the duty room prior to being demobed. I visited his grave in July 1998 and was moved by the way the cemetry is kept so neat and tidy. Dinger will always be remembered as someone who brightened everyones day by just being there. May he rest in peace!
Date added: 7 Dec 2009
We were ships that passed in the night. On that fateful day I was a L/Cpl in 'C'Company 1-Para, posted to Govenor's guard duty. On arrival at the Residence we spoke to the Military Police at the main entrance before being posted. Two of them were just leaving in a Champ for Nicosia. One of them was L'Cpl Bell. We were later informed that he had been killed en route. I did not have the honour of attending his funeral. However, as our camp was next to the cemetery we heard the volley of shots fired over his grave and the sad notes of the Last Post. We stopped our labours and stood in silence in his honour. It appears that he was a great bloke and I'm sorry we didn't have more time together on that night. I always remember him and pray for him on Rememberence Day Parade.
May God bless you and keep you William. R.I.P.