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Thomas Irwin Bishell  

Servicenumber : 22470
Rank : Lieutenant Colonel
Regiment : Royal Artillery
Unit : Cdg. 94 (The Dorset and Hampshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment
Date of Death : 01-10-1944
Age : 45
Grave : Plot 14. Row C. Grave 10.
Thomas Irwin Bishell was a son of Joseph and Mary Bishell. He was married to Margaret Jessie Bishell of Oxford.
Bishell was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on 20 September 1918. On 18 july 1944 Bishell was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. His citation read: "Throughout the operations carried out from the ODON bridgehead between 1 and 15 July he has displayed the highest qualities of leadership, meeting all emergencies with calm and resolute action and setting an example of devotion to duty and contempt for danger which had been an inspiration to all those in contact with him. The efficience and morale of his Regiment under the most exacting conditions have been of the highest order."
Apparantely he was a temporary Lieutenant Colonel when he was killed. On page 146 of Major General Essame's book 'The 43rd Wessex Division at war 1944-1945' Essame wrote: "2nd Oct. 94 Field Regiment sustained a great loss in this battle when their commanding officer, Lieut-Colonel T.I. Bishell, was hit by a shell fragment at brigade headquarters and mortally wounded."
From the war diary of 94 Field Regiment: "1 October 1944: RHQ was hit by enemy shelling. This resulted in casualties among the men of the Survey Party. Sgt Whitehouse was killed, Sgt Philpott wounded, as were Gnrs Champkins, and Francis, the latter died of his wounds. The same day, also killed was Gnr Whitfield of 218 Battery. The same day the Regiment lost its well beloved CO, whilst visiting 129 Brigade HQ he was fatally wounded by a shell fragment."
Picture: 23-09-2012
"Quo fas et gloria ducunt"
Picture: 12-09-2017
Sources: Website CWGC, website https://www.findagrave.com and website http://ww2talk.com


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