Papers of Kenneth Norman Bell (1884-1951), Balliol 1903, Fellow of Balliol 1919-1941
Born 3 September 1884, son of A.G. Bell, landscape painter, Southborne, Hants.
Educated at Berkhamsted. Balliol 1903-07 (tutors: A.L Smith, F.F. Urquhart, H.W.C. Davis); Brackenbury Scholar; 1st Modern History, and B.A., 1906; M.A. 1911. (Later Honorary Secretary, 1927-50, and Vice-President, 1950-1, of the Balliol Society, which he initiated in 1926.)
Married Esther Gertrude, daughter of Lt.-Col. S.W. Bell: three sons, five daughters. Son, O.S. Bell, Balliol 1932.
Lieutenant, 1st London Royal Garrison Artillery, August 1914; France and Belgium; won the Military Cross in the Salient, 17 December 1917. Major.
Tutorial Fellow, Balliol College 1919-41; Senior Proctor 1926; Beit Lecturer in Colonial History, Oxford 1924-7; A.L. Smith Memorial Fellow 1927; Jowett Fellow 1931; Examiner in Modern History 1930-33; Vice-Chairman, Oxford Appointments Committee. Resigned his Fellowship in 1941.
L.C.C. Rest Centre Service 1940-1, and Supervisor 1942-3 - service in the East End during the Blitz.
Ordained 1946; Vicar of Binley, Coventry, until a few weeks before his death, when he resigned his charge through ill-health.
Died 13 October 1951.
Mediaeval Europe 1095-1254 (1911).
Documents on British Colonial History, ed. with W.P. Morrell (Balliol 1923) (1928).
Belief in Action, with a memoir of the author by A.L. Poole (1952).
See also:"The joys and sorrows of a "Town Major" in France": TS of an article from the Nineteenth Century vol. 81 (stored in Balliol Pamphlets).
For further information
See:Balliol College Record September 1951, for his obituary (pp.28-30).
Balliol College Register 1900-1950.
John Jones, Balliol College: A History 1263-1939 (1988).
In Balliol's Modern Manuscripts collections, see also:
Summary list of KN Bell Papers
I. Courses of Lectures
1. Period 1414-1559
2. Period 1414-1559, but only 15th century
3. Period 1414-1559, but only 15th century
4. Foreign history 1494-1648 (January 1921)
5. Lollardy and the Reformation
6. Notes for Lollardy and the Reformation
7. Cromwell & the Protectorate
8. Cromwell and Charles II, 1654-1663
9. Colonial administration in the 19th century
II. Notes & Papers
10. Dr John Bell - TS with mss & some documents
15-18. chronological scheme re Whitgift
20. Lectures on Puritanism (part)
21. Box - 'Lectures & notes'.
III. Mark books
22. Mark book October 1919
23. Mark book Hilary 1921
24. Mark book Michaelmas 1922
25. Mark book Michaelmas 1925 - Michaelmas 1926
26. Mark book Michaelmas 1927
27. Mark book Michaelmas 1930-1935
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