- 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."