Gen. Sir Jas. A. Bell (LOC)

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Gen. Sir Jas. A. Bell

[between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

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Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

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Call Number: LC-B2- 3460-1


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    • 02/Aug/2012 07:23:53

    This is : "Brigadier General Sir James Alexander Bell Born in 1856, Bell joined the 44th (East Essex) Regiment in 1875, transferring to the Indian Army in 1879. He commanded the 42nd Deoli Regiment from 1889-99. He was AAG Poona Command 1899-1901. From 1906-08 he was Commandant of the School of Musketry at Satara, before commanding a brigade at Lucknow from 1908-10. Bell was [Political] Resident in Aden from 1910 to November 1914. No evidence has been found that he later returned to Aden for a second tour for most of WW1. He was appointed KCVO during the visit of King George V to Aden in 1911. He retired from the Army in 1919 and died in 1926." His entry in Walford's County Families of the United Kingdom (1919): 'BELL, Major-Gen. Sir James Alexander, K.C.V.O.- Cr. 1911. Eldest son of Col. James Giberne Bell, Judicial Com- missioner of The Berars, who d. 1890, by Annie, who d. 1862, dau. of the late John Bushby, Esq., Resident at Hyderabad ; h. 1856 ; m. 1880 Edith Elphinstone, youngest dau. of the late Col. James Elphinstone Robertson, 21st R. Scots Fusiliers. Sir James Bell, who was educated at Harrow, and was formerly Lieut. 44th Regt., is a Major-Gen. ret., late Indian Army, and Col. 42nd Deoli Regt., Indian Army, was A.A.G. Bombay Command 1899-1904, Western Command 1904-6 and Southern Army 1906-8, in command of the Belgaum Brigade, Southern Army, with the temp. rank of Brigadier-Gen., Apr.-Nov. 1908, of the Lucknow Brigade, Southern Army, with the temp, rank of Brigadier-Gen., Nov. 1908-1910, and of the Aden Brigade and Political Resident at Aden 1910-14.-- Ashmore, Rowledge, Surrey ; United Service Club, s.w." A New York times article in December, 1915 identifies Major General Sir James A. Bell as being the military commander of the Aden fortifications.

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    Barbara (LOC P&P)

    • 06/Aug/2012 00:46:13

    Thanks for supplying the general's full name and biography, and connecting up the news story for which the Bain News Service may well have been supplying the portrait. We'll add information to the description when we next update.