BELLAMY, David Humfrey

Captain 10th Bn. Attd. 9th Bn. Devonshire Regiment.

Born

Born in July 1895.
Son of Lt. Col. Charles Vincent Bellamy, DSO (formerly Civil Engineer) and of Ellen Hawkins, his wife, of “Leigh Holt” Crapstone, Yelverton, Devon.

Education

Blundell’s School, “Petergate”, September 1908 and Easter 1915. He entered Blundell’s aged 13 and won success at fives and cricket. He also represented Blundell’s School at Aldershot.

Service

He served in Salonika and in France but despite suffering from Malaria continued to fight not only the enemy but regular bouts of fever. He was in command of No 1 Company on the right flank, a post of honour which he valued but on 2nd April 1917 was wounded in the abdomen by a bullet, living for two hours alternately conscious and unconscious.

The Offensive

The enemy positions from Doignies to Henin-sur-Cojeul, including the village of Ecoust, were captured on the 2nd April, 1917, by the 4th Australian and 7th Divisions.

Death

2nd April 1917, aged 22, from injuries received that day.

Burial/Commemoration

He was buried in Mory-Ecoust Rd. Cem. No. 1. which was near the spot where he died. Subsequently he was reburied in HAC Cemetery, Ecoust; St. Mein, Mem. 2. France.

Memorial

Ecoust-St-Mein is a village between Arras, Cambrai and Bapaume. HAC Cemetery is about 800 metres south of the village on the west side of the D956 road to Beugenatre. This cemetery was begun by the 7th Division after the battle, when 27 of the 2nd H.A.C., who fell (with one exception) on the 31st March or the 1st April, were buried in what is now Plot I, Row A. After the Armistice graves were added from the battlefields of Bullecourt and Ecoust and from a number of smaller burial grounds including Mory-Ecoust Road Cemeteries No. 1 and No. 2, which had been made in March, April and May, 1917, and contained the graves of 63 soldiers from the United Kingdom (almost all 8th and 9th Devons and R.F.A.).

Research

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - www.cwgc.org
Public Record Office, National Archives, Kew: WO339/14087 Medal Rolls: WO372/
“The Blundellian”
“The Register of Blundell's School, Part II 1882 – 1932” (1932) MAHOOD, A.S., Ed. Entry No. 526
Cemeteries & Memorials in Belgium & Northern France (2004) Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 26/597

 

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