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The entries for people & families with the surname Bell are gathered together in this SideTrack.

This Page does not include people with other forms of the surname.

The individuals listed are not necessarily related to each other.

Adelaide Bell [1836-1903]
Andrew Bell [1753-1832]
Anthony Bell [1801-1???]
Rev F. R. Bell [18??-19??]
Frederick Bell [1850-1874]
Frederick William Bell [18??-1916]
George Henry Bell [18??-19??]
Harold Mozart Bell [1893-1915]
Dr J. J. Bell [19??-1???]
James Bell [18??-19??]
John Bell [16??-16??]
John Bell [1807-18??]
John Bell [1897-1917]
John Campbell Bell [1876-1943]
John Corrin Bell [1861-1905]
John Francis Bell [1883-1916]
Jonathan Bell [18??-18??]
Leonard Waring Bell [1882-1975]
Peter Bell [16??-16??]
Peter Bell [18??-18??]
Rev Robert Bell [1806-1869]
Samuel Arundel Bell [1848-1???]
Sarah Elizabeth Bell [1851-1868]
Sydney Bell [18??-19??]
Tom Bell [1???-1???]
Tom Bell [1898-1918]
Walter Pearson Bell [1897-1918]
William Bell [1???-1???]
William Arundel Bell [1892-1917]
Rev William Christopher Bell [1859-1922]
Rev William Montgomerie Bell [1883-1966] 

Bell, Adelaide
[1836-1903] Daughter of Mr Bell.

Born in Thornton in Craven.

She married (1) Unknown.

She married (2) John Wrigglesworth

She married (3) William Singleton

Bell, Andrew
[1753-1832] Scottish Anglican clergyman. He pioneered the Madras System of education in which the more able pupils helped the teacher to teach the other pupils. He was the first superintendent of National Schools Society. National Schools were also known as Bell Schools and Bellian Schools.

In 1816, he visited the newly-opened Bell School, Harrison Road

Bell, Anthony
[1801-1???] He was a tea dealer [1841].

He married Jane [1811-1???].


  1. Mary [b 1835]
  2. Emma [b 1838]

The family lived at Waring Green, Brighouse [1841]

Bell, Rev F. R.
[18??-19??] Minister at King Cross Wesleyan Church, Halifax [1911-1915]

Bell, Frederick
[1850-1874] Son of Thomas Bell, miner.

He was a coal miner of Halifax [1873] / a miner of Southowram.

In 1873, he married Malinda Kendall at Halifax Parish Church.


  1. Fred [Q3/1874]

Frederick died before their son was born. [Q1 1874] (aged 24)  In 1878, George Henry Bell [b 1876] was baptised at Christ Church, Staincliffe – parents Frederick Bell, miner of Chapel Fold, and Malinda – but Frederick died in 1874, so could not be the father. A possible father is Joseph Waring who was lodging with Malinda in 1881

Bell, Frederick William

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st/5th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed in action in a failed attack on Schwaben Redoubt [3rd September 1916].

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, and on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Bell, George Henry
[18??-19??] A servant at the Bull's Head, Sowerby Bridge.

He was charged with, having on the 13th August 1901, attempted to murder Ethel Chrystobel Seamen, who also worked at the pub. At the trial, it was heard that Bell fired a revolver at Seamen after she had rejected his advances. Bell was sentenced to 3 months' imprisonment

Bell, Harold Mozart
[1893-1915] Son of Sarah & Christopher Bell, of Hedon Road, Marfleet, Hull.

The family were members of the Salvation Army.

He lived at Woodside, Halifax.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed in action [5th May 1915] (aged 22).

He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial [20], and on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Bell, Dr J. J.
[19??-1???] LRCP, LRCS.

Medical practitioner at Birthright View, Cornholme [1895]

Bell, James
[18??-19??] MRCVS. Veterinary surgeon for Brighouse [1894]

Bell, John
[16??-16??] Curate at Lightcliffe [1652-1655].

Heywood includes him in his list of the great number of wretched drunken preachers at Lightcliffe, and adds

a wretched Scotchman, yet could have spoken well

Bell, John
[1807-18??] Born in Halifax.

He was landlord of the White Hart, Soyland [1845, 1851].

He married Sarah [1810-18??].

Sarah was born in Leeds

Bell, John
[1897-1917] Son of John William Bell, coachman.

The family travelled and lived in various towns.

John was born at 12 Thorn Street, Halifax.

Baptised at St Paul's Church, King Cross [14th February 1897]

He was as an office boy for a solicitor in Oldham.

During World War I, he enlisted in Oldham, and he served as a Private with Q Company 11th Battalion Manchester Regiment.

He was killed in action [16th August 1917] (aged 20).

He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial [120-124, 162-162A & 163A]

Bell, John Campbell
[1876-1943] Born in Brighouse.

He was an iron foundry labourer.

On 16th June 1895, he married Mary Elizabeth Cronley [1876-1943] in Halifax.

Mary Elizabeth was born in Elland


  1. Harry Crossley [b 1896]
  2. Walter Pearson
  3. Archie [b 1904]
  4. Amy [b 1907]
  5. Marion [b 1909]
  6. Jack [b 1910]

The children were born in Elland.

The family lived at 9 Jessop Lane, Elland [1911]

Bell, John Corrin
[1861-1905] Son of Margaret (née Cheetham) [1831-1863] & Rev William Bell [1836-1875], Curate of St John's, Dukinfield.

Born in Stalybridge, Cheshire. Brother of Rev William Christopher Bell.

He was a solicitor's articled clerk [1881] / a solicitor [1891, 1901] / a solicitor at Sowerby Bridge and Ripponden [1905] / Secretary of the Evening Continuation Schools Committee / a member of the Public Library Committee / legal adviser to the Sowerby Bridge Prosecution Society / a member of the Ryburn [No 1283] Masonic Lodge / President of the Society of Knights Templar, Halifax.

His offices were at Tuel Lane Corner, Town Hall Street, Sowerby Bridge, and at Ripponden.

He never married.

In 1891, he was in lodgings at Barkisland.

In 1901, he was living at 4 Beech Villas, Sowerby Bridge with his stepmother Mary Bell and stepsister Mary T Bell.

He died at 4 Beech Villas [5th November 1905].

He was buried at Dukinfield.

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £600. Probate was granted to his stepmother Mary Bell.

After his death, his practice was taken over by Samuel Freeman

Bell, John Francis
[1883-1916] He was a member of Stannary Congregational Sunday School, Halifax / a wood carver.

He lived at 86 Hartley Street, Halifax.

During World War I, he enlisted [December 1914], and served as a Private with the 2nd/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was ill for 6 months.

He died of stricture in Lincoln Military Hospital [24th February 1916].

He was buried at Mount Tabor Wesleyan Methodist Chapel [S 14].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Stannary Congregational Church, Halifax

Bell, Jonathan
[18??-18??] In a report produced in 1850 under the Public Health Act, he was recorded as keeping a lodging house in Southowram which had 2 rooms, 7 beds, 12 lodgers, and no privy

Bell, Leonard Waring
[1882-1975] MM.

Illegitimate son of Malinda Kendall & Joseph Waring.

Born [10th October 1882].

He was an apprentice fish salesman [1901] / a boiler maker of Greetland [1904] / a railway goods shunter on the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Company at Greetland [1911].

In [Q1] 1904, he married Harriet Noble [1884-19??] at St Thomas's Church, Greetland.

Harriet was born in Greetland, the daughter of Joseph Noble, cloth finisher


  1. Cyril [b 1904]
  2. Irene [1907-1918] who died of tuberculosis

The family lived at

  • 65 St Stephen's Street, Copley, Halifax [1911]
  • 11 Copley Terrace, Copley [1917]
  • 94 Railway Terrace, Copley [1918]

Living with them [in 1911] was widowed mother-in-law Ann Noble [b 1849].

During World War I, he joined the West Riding reserves [September 1914] and was sent to France [April 1915].

He was admitted to hospital [3rd April 1916] with an abscess on his left arm, and sent back to England [1st May 1916].

He went back to France [February 1917], and was promoted to Lance Corporal [April 1917].

He was posted missing after being shot in the right arm [3rd May 1917], and reported a POW at Cassel, Germany [15th May 1917].

He was awarded the Military Medal [June 1917].

He returned to England [31st December 1918]. He was awarded a pension of 8/3d a week [from March 1919] due to 30% disability (general weakness).

He died in Bradford [Q2 1975]

Bell, Peter
[16??-16??] Curate at Rastrick [1674]

Bell, Peter
[18??-18??] Ale & porter dealer at Wade Street, Halifax.

In August 1867, he was declared bankrupt

Bell, Rev Robert
[1806-1869] Born in Colne. He trained at Airedale College before becoming Minister at

With Joseph Cockin Hoatson, he was editor of The Halifax Selection of Hymns [1834].

He resigned because of ill-health and left the ministry. He went to live and farm at Salterforth, near Colne.

He married twice.


  1. John H who lived at Clare Hill, Huddersfield
  2. son
  3. son
  4. son

He lived in a house at the bottom of John King Lane.

See Providence Congregational Church Manse, Stainland and Rishworth Independent Church

Bell, Samuel Arundel
[1848-1???] Born in Lambeth, Middlesex.

He was a mercantile clerk [1891] / an accountant, estate agent (own account) [1901].

In [Q2] 1876, he married Ellen Mary W. Welch [1851-1???] in Lancaster.

Ellen was born in Lancaster


  1. Mary A [b 1878]
  2. Helen Margaret A [b 1882] who married [1910] George Bernard Newport
  3. Hugh A [b 1884] who was a land surveyor [1901]
  4. Lucy A [b 1886]
  5. Frances A [b 1888]
  6. William Arundel
  7. John A [b 1894]

The family lived at

  • 62 Bagot Street, Wavertree, Liverpool [1891]
  • 3 Prince Alfred Road, Hunters Lane, Wavertree, Liverpool [1901]

Bell, Sarah Elizabeth
[1851-1868] Originally from Newby Whiske, a small Village near Thirsk, she came to work as housemaid to Rev Anthony John Plow.

She fell in love with Miles Weatherill, sparking off the Vicarage murder

After the murder, she went to the Friends Retreat at Fulford, York. This was an asylum which accommodated paupers, and where unemployed servants resided. She was unable to find employment for want of a reference

Bell, Sydney
[18??-19??] Printer at Shelf, Halifax [1927]

Bell, Tom
[1???-1???] Legendary robber who is said to have lived in Tom Bell's Cave and robbed locals farms and villages. He is said to have worn an iron mail suit, and boots with the toes and heels reversed, in order to mislead anyone pursuing him

He worked with an accomplice, Willie the Woodsman.

He is said to have died in the cave when his stomach exploded after gorging himself on booty which he had stolen. His rotting body – eaten by birds and vermin – was found by 2 children.

His skull is said to have been found in the cave in 1899.

Various traditions date him to the 9th or the 18th century.

His story is told in 2 poems:

See Joseph Bailey

Bell, Tom
[1898-1918] Son of Lydia & Jonathan Bell of 9 Cars Road, Portsmouth, Todmorden.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died 14th April 1918 (aged 20).

He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial [82-85 & 162A], and in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Bell, Walter Pearson
[1897-1918] Born in Elland [18th October 1897].

He lived at 9 Jepson Lane, Elland.

During World War I, he served as a Corporal with the 1st RM Battalion RN Division Royal Marine Light Infantry.

He was killed in action [27th September 1918].

He was buried at the Moeuvres Communal Cemetery Extension, Moeuvres [B 1].

He is remembered on Elland War Memorial, on the Memorial at Bethesda Methodist Sunday School, Elland, and on the Memorial at Elland Boys' Brigade

Bell, William
[1???-1???] He married Cissie, daughter of John Crowther.


  1. Ethel
  2. Lavinia who married Unknown

Bell, William Arundel
[1892-1917] Son of Samuel Arundel Bell.

Born in Liverpool.

He was educated at Taunton School & Sidney Sussex College Cambridge / a football player / a hockey player for Halifax / a cricket player for King Cross.

During World War I, he enlisted [September 1914] with the Royal Fusiliers, and served as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 8th Battalion Border Regiment.

He was killed in action [14th June 1917] (aged 25).

He was buried at the Messines Ridge British Cemetery [I C 21].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Park Congregational Church

Bell, Rev William Christopher
[1859-1922] Son of Margaret (née Cheetham) [1831-1863] & Rev William Bell [1836-1875], Curate of St John's, Dukinfield.

Born in Stalybridge, Cheshire.

Brother of John Corrin Bell.

He was educated at Brasenose College Oxford [1881], Curate at Holy Trinity Church [1892], and Vicar of Norland [1922].

He designed the Norland War Memorial.

He never married.

He was said to have been heart-broken when the parish of Norland was discontinued and St Luke's Church amalgamated with Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge. He appealed unsuccessfully to King George V for the decision to be overturned.

He died shortly afterwards [14th February 1922].

He was buried at St Luke's Church, Norland Probate records show that he left effects valued at £1,703 19/4d.

Administration was granted to Alfred Henry Bell (bank manager) 

Bell, Rev William Montgomerie
[1883-1966] Vicar of Warley [1925-1929]. He was vicar at Kensington [1929-1955]


Bell surname
There are over 30 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Bell, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Bell:

Marriage 1907

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