Army Meritorious Service Medal group to a Boer War and Great War veteran who also apparently saw service during the Second World War, as awarded to Warrant Officer 2nd Class H. Bell, Northumberland Fusiliers, who saw service during the Boer War with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in action at Modder River, and also on operations in the Orange Free State and the Transvaal, and later saw service during the Great War our in Egypt and Palestine with the 1st/5th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders from 13th June 1917, and then with the 2nd / 7th Service Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers from 27th September 1917, having also seen service at some stage with the 2nd Home Service Garrison Battalion, Royal Scots, he went on to be awarded the Army Meritorious Service Medal.
Group of 6: Africa Star; France and Germany Star; Defence Medal; War Medal; Coronation Medal 1937; Army Meritorious Service Medal, GVI 2nd type bust; (51961 W.O.CL.2. H. BELL. NORTH’D. FUS.), court mounted for display.
Condition: Good Very Fine.
Henry Bell was born in West Parish, near Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, and having worked as a driller and seen service with the British Army Militia as a Private with the 4th Militia Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, then attested for service with the British Army on 29th July 1897 as a Private (No.6219) with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. With the outbreak of the Boer War he saw service in South Africa from 27th October 1899, and was present in action at Modder River and on operations in the Orange Free State and the Transvaal, being posted home from 30th May 1903.
Bell then saw home service right through to the outbreak of the Great War, and was posted to Egypt with the 1st/5th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders from 13th June 1917, and on 27th September 1917 he transferred as a Sergeant (No.27125 later No.51961) to the 2nd / 7th Service Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Posted home again on 4th July 1919, he was transferred to the Class ‘Z’ Reserve on 2nd August 1919, and discharged on the termination of his engagement on 31st March 1920. Bell was ultimately serving as a Warrant Officer 2nd Class, and apparently went on to see service during the Second World War in North Africa and North West Europe, before being awarded the Army Meritorious Service Medal. The combination is as it came to us, and obviously his Boer War pair and his Great War medals are missing, as most probably is the 1939-1945 Star. His Coronation Medal 1937 is also unconfirmed.