Brian Hilton Jack Bell

A FORMER Saxby All Saints resident has died in Norfolk.

Brian Hilton Jack Bell was born in Tottenham on November 24, 1919, and died in a care home on July 2, 2011, less than seven months after his wife Pauline.

The eldest of three children, Brian was a brilliant scholar and athlete, having broken the school 440 yards race record, which then stood for 15 years.

He was destined too for Cambridge University, but World War Two intervened.

He volunteered for the army and was commissioned in to the Royal Engineers.

In 1942, he was posted to India and was wounded by a Japanese machine gun in Burma.

After six weeks recovering, he returned to the front.

After the war, he was offered promotion from the rank of captain if he stayed in India, but decided to leave the army and continue his studies.

He obtained a BSc at London University and went into management in the soap and fertiliser world.

He was appointed as manager of the Fisons plant at Immingham and moved to Saxby All Saints, with his wife and two sons, living in the south wing of Saxby Hall.

He was finally poached by the civil service and moved to Essex.

On retirement, in 1986, he and Pauline moved to Burnham Market, where they both took an active part in village life.

Failing health finally resulted in his moving to a care home, while Pauline maintained the house to accommodate visiting friends and family.

A commemorative service was held in St Margaret’s Church in Burnham Norton, where mourners included Colin Bell (brother), Adrian and Jojo (son and daughter-in-law), Simon (son) and Justine (granddaughter).