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First Name: George John Last Name: BELL
Date of Death: 28/09/1914 Lived/Born In: Pimlico
Rank: Private Unit: Northumberland Fusiliers1
Memorial Site: La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial, France

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The Battle of the Aisne  13-28 September, 1914

After the Germans were defeated on the Marne they fell back to the River Aisne, closely pursued by both the British and the French. The new German line was a very formidable defensive position. To attack it meant having to cross the Aisne and then climb up a 500 foot high ridge on top of which was the Chemin des Dames, a road that gave the Germans an easy way to move troops along the top of the hills. On 13th September the Aisne was crossed by both British and French troops but after that progress became slower, until there was no progress at all. Both sides dug in and the fighting settled down into trench warfare. The fighting on the Aisne continued for two weeks at the end of which both sides realised that frontal attacks on entrenched positions were both costly and non-productive, not that this deterred them from continuing with this tactic throughout the war.

On 26th September, 1914 the 1st Northumberland Fusiliers battalion of 9 Brigade, 3rd Division, left their billets in Courcelles and moved forward to Vailly where they remained until the beginning of October. George Bell was killed here on 28th September, but the battalion diary provides no further information.

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