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Memorable Manitobans: John Kidd Bell (?-1942)

Lawyer, soldier.

Born in Scotland and graduating with a law degree from the University of Glasgow, he came to Winnipeg in 1913 and practiced with the law firm of Andrews, Andrews, Burbidge and Bell. At the outbreak of the First World War, he enlisted in the 90th Regiment, Royal Winnipeg Rifles and went overseas as a Captain. Taken prisoner in 1915, he remained in a German prisoner of war camp until the end of the war. On release he returned to Winnipeg, continuing military work as a member of the army reserves, and serving for two years as Commanding Officer of the Winnipeg Rifles. He took an active interest in the Boy Scouts and was on the council of the south district of the Boy Scout Association. He died at Rochester, Minnesota on 17 September 1942 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery. At the time of his death, he lived at 726 Warsaw Avenue.

Sources:

“Lt-Col. J. K. Bell dies Thursday in Rochester”, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 September 1942, page 10.

“Lt.-Col. J. K. Bell”, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 September 1942, page 2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 February 2010

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