Richard Lloyd Bell

Fonds number:
Title: Richard Lloyd Bell
Dates of Material:
24 cm of textual records
Biographical sketch

Richard Lloyd Bell was a graduate of Victoria College (B.A., Class of 1920) who served overseas in the Canadian military during World War I.  He was born in Springford, Ontario and received his early education in Ingersoll.  After attending Victoria College, 1914-1917, he entered the Canadian Army, and was sent to England, where he was posted at various training centres before the end of the War. He went on to a career in teaching in Toronto, which included being head of the mathematics department at Harbord Collegiate, and then holding the same position at Western Commerce. 

Scope and content

The fonds consists primarily of outgoing and incoming correspondence, 1917-1919, of Richard Lloyd Bell, who served in the Canadian Army in England during that time.  The correspondence is predominantly with his parents, brothers and sister, but also includes letters from friends, some of whom were also in the military.  The contents of the incoming letters give evidence of  the concerns and activities of life in rural Ontario, as reflected by Bell's family members, who lived on a farm.  The outgoing correspondence details Bell's life in training at various military camps in England, as World War I nears an end; there are also letters describing his tourist trips, as well as a small amount of memorabilia, including military passes.

Source of supplied title

Title based on contents of the fonds 

Immediate source of acquisition

Acquired from Richard Lloyd Bell's son Lorne in 2014


No further accruals are expected.

Access points

Bell, Richard Lloyd, 1896-1991


World War, 1914-1918