State: Victoria, Australia
Issued on: Return
Date of presentation: 27/02/1901
Number issued: 1


Gold medal (or silver match-box?), to:

2nd Victorian (Mounted Rifles) Contingent –
210 Sergeant-Bugler Henry Henderson BELL (absent - in S. Africa)
A gift from Colonel Price "to mark his appreciation of the kindness shown to him by Bell during the colonel's illness in South Africa".

Sergeant Henry [Harry] Henderson Bell served with both the 2nd and 5th Victorian (Mounted Rifles) Contingents.


Bell received a second tribute medal from the people of Kerang.



Melbourne Argus, 28/02/1901 (silver match-box)
Bendigo Independent, 28th February 1901 (gold medal)

Parade of the Mounted Rifles.

A special parade of I company of the Victorian Mounted Rifles was held yesterday afternoon at the Bendigo drill rooms to make a presentation to Bugler BELL, of Kerang. About 50 members attended, with Captain Anderson (in charge), Lieutenants Long and Williamson, Veterinary-Lieutenant Mitchell, and Sergeant-major Ross. After the men had fallen in Captain Anderson announced that Colonel Price had sent him a gold medal, with a request for him to present it to Sergeant Bugler BELL, of Kerang, to mark the colonel’s appreciation of the kindness shown to him by Bell during the colonel’s illness in South Africa. Colonel Price himself intended to be present and make the presentation, but circumstances prevented him. Captain Anderson added that since the parade had been fixed BELL had gone back to South Africa with the fifth contingent. He would therefore hand the medal over to Lieutenant Willamson, the officer in charge of the Kerang division, who would forward it on to Sergeant BELL. After the parade the officers entertained the company at lunch at the Beehive. Captain Anderson presided. Sir Frederick Sargood attended, and gave a short address to the soldiers.
Melbourne Argus, 28th February 1901 (silver match-box)


BENDIGO, Wednesday.

A dismounted parade of the members of Company Victorian Mounted Rifles was held in the show-grounds this afternoon, when Serjeant-Bugler H. BELL was presented with a suitably-inscribed silver matchbox from Colonel Tom Price in recognition of services rendered to him in looking after him while he was indisposed in South Africa. Owing to other engagements Colonel Price was unable to attend, and Captain Anderson made the presentation, and Lieutenant Williamson acknowledged it on behalf of BELL, who has left with the fifth contingent.