John Chell (1896–1959)


Durham Light Infantry    
Royal Scots Fusiliers 59220 11th Battalion

Photo courtesy Jack Chell

John Chell

Biography [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. During the war, he served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers. Returning to Fritchley after demob, he married Fredice Lynam in 1922 and had a son. After his wife’s death in 1929, he relocated to Manchester to work at the head office of the wireworks. He married Clara Simpson in 1933 and settled at Audenshaw, Manchester, where he resided until his death. His brother Norman is on the Roll.

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, with the regimental number 59220. He passed away at Audenshaw on 3 November 1959, aged sixty-three years. He was laid to rest in Philips Park Cemetery in Manchester.

On the Fritchley Roll of Honour he is listed as serving in the Durham Light Infantry.

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

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


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

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