An engineer from Ottawa, Gerald Gordon Bell joined the 38th Battalion on 8 February 1915. He was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps on 9 January 1917. He scored 16 victories as an observer and pilot. The son of D. T. A. Bell, he married Miss Edith Grace Drayton, eldest daughter of Sir Henry and Lady Drayton, in 1920 at Ottawa.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. (T./Capt.) Gerald Gordon Bell (E. Ontario R.).
This officer has had numerous engagements with hostile aircraft, invariably displaying marked gallantry and leadership of a high order, notably on the 1st of June, when he, accompanied by another pilot, attacked a formation of twelve enemy scouts; he shot down one in flames and drove down others out of control, only breaking off the engagement when all his ammunition had been expended.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 2 November 1918 (30989/12962)