• Christina Drummond

Captain Roger Charles Noel Bellingham MID, 37th (Howitzer) Battery, Royal Field Artillery


Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Captain Roger Charles Noel Bellingham MID, 37th (Howitzer) Battery, Royal Field Artillery, was killed in action near Ypres on the Western Front.

Before the war he had been A.D.C. to the Earl of Aberdeen, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. The second son of Sir Henry Bellingham, Bart., Lord Lieutenant of County Louth, he was educated at The Oratory School, Edgbaston, Birmingham, and from there he went directly to the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich. He was gazetted to the Royal Artillery in 1903 and promoted to Lieutenant in 1906. In 1912, having retired from the active list, he voluntarily joined the Special Reserve of his regiment, and was sent to France in August of 1914 with the British Expeditionary Force. His commanding officer specially commended him for brave conduct, and he was mentioned in Sir John French’s Despatch in May of 1915.

Roger, from Brighton, was 31 years and married with a four-year-old son and three-year-old daughter.

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