John Douglas Bell

Biography of John Douglas Bell

Lieutenant-Colonel John Douglas Bell, MC, of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, was born in Glasgow. He attended Kilmarnock Academy and studied Engineering at the University, graduating BSc in 1924. He was a Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. In 1939 the General Council Registers Of Members recorded that he had been working as an engineer in Margherita in Assam.

Bell joined the RAOC during the war. He was killed on 27 May 1940 in an attack by a German dive bomber, during the evacuation of British Army units from the beaches of Dunkirk. He was awarded the Military Cross.


John Douglas Bell
Born 14 December 1896, Glasgow, Scotland.
Died 27 May 1940.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: BSc, 1924;
Father's Details: William Douglas Bell; Engineer
War Service: Lieutenant-Colonel, Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Grave / Memorial: Dunkirk Town Cemetery, France
View Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
Record last updated: 17th Dec 2007

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