BEM  For Life Saving In Coventry

BEM For Life Saving In Coventry

BEM ( GviR ) ALLAN BELL


CENTRAL CHANCERY OF THE ORDERS
OF KNIGHTHOOD.
St. James's Palace, S.W.I.
1st November, 1949.

The KING has been graciously pleased to
give orders for the undermentioned appointments to -the Most Excellent Order of the
British Empire, for the following awards of
the British Empire Medal, and for the publication in the London Gazette of the names
of those specially shown below as haying received an expression of Commendation for
their brave conduct


Awarded the British Empire Medal {Civil
Division):—

Allan BELL, Lorry Driver/ (Coventry.)
A fire occurred in a house in Coventry
where a nine year old boy and his younger
sister were asleep in a first-floor bedroom.
Passers-by were attracted by the screams
of the boy who was encouraged to jump
from the bedroom window into a blanket.
At this time Bell attempted to enter by
the front door but was driven back by the
fierce flames. He managed to climb .up
to the bedroom window, passing through the
flames which were pouring from back and
front of the lower ground floor windows.
Entering the bedroom he found the child,
carried her to the window and dropped her
to the people who were waiting below.
,By now the bedroom was well alight and
•Bell, who was almost exhausted,, barely
managed to .escape himself. He showed
great courage and by his prompt action saved.
the life of the child.

Code: 50961

Reserved