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The names of 197 local men who lost their lives in World War I are
inscribed on the bells of the Memorial Community Church in Plaistow. They are our local heroes

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Samuel George Bell

Private
London
Born
Custom House - c. 1892
Died
France and Flanders - 31 July 1917
Age
25
Death
Killed in action
Served in
London
Awards
Unknown
Memorials
Unknown
Lived
56 Belgrave Road, Plaistow

Samuel George's story

The Tabernacle Messenger of November 1917 said that Samuel Bell was reported missing in France.  It said he was a Sunday School teacher and had married Zillah Smith before going to France.

On 21 February 2013 Samuel Bell’s grand-daughter Susan Wall visited the Memorial Bells with her husband. She added the information that after Samuel Bell’s  death his wife, Zillah, a piano teacher who was also a member of the church, remarried and moved out of London.

Samuel and Zillah had married not long before he joined the army and their son, George Bell (Susan’s father), was born in February 1917 while Samuel was in the army, so he never met his father.  Thanks to Susan Wall for sharing this sad story.

 

Service Number
353524
Mother
Alice
Father
Samuel
Spouse
Zillah Janet
Buried
Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium
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  1. Mrs Susan Wall (nee Bell)
    November 20, 2012
    9:55 am

    Samuel George Bell was my grandfather and my father, Ronald George Bell, was his son, and unfortunately Ronald was born on 21 February 1917 and Samuel never saw his only son.

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