John Chell (1896–1959)


Royal Scots Fusiliers 59220 11th Battalion

Courtesy Jack Chell

John Chell photograph

Courtesy Jack Chell
John Chell – known as Jack – was born at Fritchley in 1896. He was the oldest of the three children of John Walker Chell and Catherine Rodgers, with two younger brothers. He also had three older half-siblings from his mother’s previous marriage. Jack was raised at Fritchley and prior to his military service during the war he had been employed as a clerk at the wire works of Richard Johnson and Nephew Ltd at Ambergate.

Jack’s army service records have not survived, though his son recalls that he served with the Highland Light Infantry, and later with the Royal Scots Fusiliers. He served as a Private, latterly with the regimental number 59220.

After being discharged from the army, Jack returned to Fritchley and to his employment at the wire works. He married Frederice Lynam in 1922 and they had one son. Following his wife’s early death in 1929, Jack relocated to Manchester to work as a wages clerk for the main Manchester branch of Richard Johnson and Nephew Ltd. He married Clara Simpson in 1933. The family later moved to Audenshaw where Jack resided for the rest of his life.

John Chell passed away at Audenshaw on 3 November 1959, aged sixty-three years. He was laid to rest in Philips Park Cemetery in Manchester.

1918 Crich voters
John Chell, Fritchley; absent on military service.

Medal Index Card
59220 Pte CHELL John 11-R.Sc,Fus.; awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

1939 Register: Audenshaw
John Chell b.20 May 1896; cost clerk, wire works
Clara Chell b.5 October 1895
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1901: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Chell Head 35 Machinist steam joiner Crich
Catherine Chell wife 38   Crich
Joseph Radford wife's son 14 Office boy wire works Crich
John Chell son 4   Crich
Norman Chell son 2   Crich

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1911: Woodbine Cottage, Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Chell Head 44 Wood machinist Crich
Catherine Chell wife 47   Crich
Alice Radford daughter 22 Dressmaker Crich
John Chell son 14 Office wire works Crich
Norman Chell son 12   Crich
Stanley Chell son 5   Crich
George Maynards boarder 24 Wood machinist Crich

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John Chell's brother Norman Chell is also on the Roll of Honour.